The log splitters hydraulic cylinders may have a defective rod retention which can lead to seals leaking and rods to detach. If the rod detaches, it can lead to serious injury to the operator of the log splitter because the rod can rapidly and unexpectedly extend the splitting wedge.
Brave Products, Inc. has received an additional 59 reports of injury as a result of this defect. These additional injury reports come after a prior recall in February 2005 of the log splitters. One consumer reported a hand amputation that may have been caused by the cylinder defect.
The log splitters being recalled were sold between January, 2002 and October, 2004, and then from May, 2006 through April, 2007.
Consumers are advised to discontinue use of the log splitters immediately and contact Brave Products, Inc. to receive a free replacement cylinder.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.