A recalled Kobalt battery-powered chainsaw.
Photo: CPSC

Kobalt has recalled about 150,000 40-volt battery-powered chainsaws because contacts on the saw’s power switch can weld, causing the saw to remain on, even after a user has switched the tool to the off position. Kobalt has received 48 reports of the power remaining on but has not received any reports of injuries, according to the release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The chainsaw recall applies to one saw model, a 40-volt battery-powered saw with a 12-inch cutting bar. The model number is KCS 120. The saw was also sold in a configuration that included a battery and charger, with the model number KCS 120-07.

Consumer Reports has tested the KCS 120 chainsaw, and our engineers did not encounter this malfunction with the power switch. 

Details of the Chainsaw Recall

The recall: About 150,000 Kobalt battery-powered chainsaws. The recall involves only the KCS 120 saw, which was also sold under the model number KCS 120-07 in a configuration that included a battery and charger. The model number for the saw is printed on the handle. 

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The risk: Contacts on the chainsaw’s power switch can weld, causing the saw to remain on when switched to the off position, potentially allowing the saw to continue running after a user has attempted to turn off the tool. 

Incidents/injuries: Kobalt has received 48 reports of the saw continuing to run but no reports of injuries. 

Where and when sold: Exclusively at Lowe’s stores and lowes.com from January 2014 through March 2020 for about $200.

The remedy: Stop using the recalled chainsaw immediately and contact Kobalt to schedule a repair.

Contact information: Call Hongkong Sun Rise Trading, the parent company that manufactures this saw under the Kobalt name, at 855-378-8826 or go to greenworkstools.com, and click on “Important Safety Notices.” 

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to SaferProducts.gov.