Update: Log Splitters Recalled Over Injury Hazard
Briggs & Stratton is recalling nearly 20,000 YTL, Longli and TIYA Log Splitters with Briggs & Stratton 250cc engines over concerns that an incorrect engine ignition coil and flywheel can lead to hard starting and engine kick back, posing an injury hazard to the operator. "The company is aware of two incidents, which resulted in broken wrists," CPSC said.
Affected log splitters are sold under the following brands: Black Diamond (model number BDBS32T - 32 ton and YTL-015-134 - 30 ton); Crimson (model number YTL-590-012 - 32 ton); Lumberjack (model number YTL-007-414); Performance Built (model number YTL-007-308 and YTL-016-476 – 30 ton); Brute (model numbers YTL-140-701 - 30 ton and YTL-140-473 - 35 ton); Country Pro (YTL-019-880); Boss (model number WD32T); and Oregon (model 3000 Series – 30 ton).
This recall began on May 12, 2021.
What's the Problem?
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), this recall affects YTL log splitters powered by Briggs & Stratton 250cc engines, with engine model number 15T232-0011-F8 and serial numbers 1904085275251 through 1905085786452; 1906146333235 through 2004080670911; and 1912319442579 through 2012073736714.
"An incorrect engine ignition coil and flywheel can lead to hard starting and engine kick back, posing an injury hazard to the operator," CPSC said. "The company is aware of two incidents, which resulted in broken wrists."
The log splitters are sold under the following brands:
- Black Diamond log splitter (model number BDBS32T - 32 ton)
- Crimson log splitter (model number YTL-590-012 - 32 ton)
- Lumberjack log splitter (model number YTL-007-414)
- Performance Built log splitter (model number YTL-007-308)
- Brute log splitter (model numbers YTL-140-701 -30 ton and YTL-140-743 - 35 ton)
The engine’s model number is printed on the valve cover and the engine’s serial number is printed on the blower housing cover, CPSC said.
The recalled log splitters were sold at Atwood Distributing LP; Big Blue; D&B Supply Co.; Fleet Farm, L&M Supply Inc.; Lowe’s stores; Menards; Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply; Norby Distributing Company; North 40 Outfitters; Quincy Farm Supply Co.; Running Supply Inc.; Rural King; Theisen Supply Inc.; and Western Big Inc. stores nationwide from April 2019 through February 2021 for about $1,400.
If you purchased a log splitter that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately and contact a Briggs & Stratton dealer for a free inspection and repair.
This recall began on March 18, 2021.
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