Safety Lock-Out Switch Feature in Chainsaws

August 2021: The Court preliminarily approved a settlement agreement. For more information, go to

June 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Harbor Freight for allegedly misleadingly giving the impression that the Safety Lock-Out Switch feature in electric chainsaws – including the Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric Chainsaws – prevents them from operating after the power switch is in the off position when, according to plaintiffs, the power switch in the chainsaws malfunctions due to a defect causing the chainsaws to continue operating after being turned off. (Kaupelis et al v. Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc., Case No. 19-cv-1203, C.D. Cal.)

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