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Portable Table Saws Recalled After Unexpected Collapses Cause Injuries

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On March 7, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced, a Craftsman portable table saw recall of about 46,000 units. The recall affects Craftsman brand 10-inch table saws that sit on a black metal foldable stand.

Retailer Sears announced the recall after receiving 11 reports of the table saw collapsing and causing serious injuries.

Portable Table Saws Collapse and Cause Injuries

The table saw recall is specifically for the Craftsman model number 137.415030, a 15-AMP table saw sold at Sears stores nationwide and online at www.sears.com from April 2014 through October 2016. Sears recommended that consumers immediately stop using the products and contact manufacturer Rexon Industrial Corp., Ltd. for a free replacement stand. The customer service number is 866-934-6360.

Nine of the 11 reports of the table saws collapsing unexpectedly resulted in injuries to the users, including laceration and impact injuries. More specifically, the injuries included damage to fingers and hands, broken bones, partial fingernail amputation, and shoulder strain.

The problem is apparently the folding stand. Sears advertises it on their website as being a “space-saving, folding stand” with a right-side extension table that is equipped with wheels so that users can move the table saw around for easier use or storage. Yet the stand has been reported to collapse unexpectedly, surprising users while they’re actually using the saw—a dangerous situation.

Table Saws Are Dangerous

Table saws remain one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment used by Americans today. According to a CPSC survey, nearly 80,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for table-saw-related injuries between 2007 and 2008.

In 2010, a Massachusetts jury awarded a man $1.5 million in damages for his table saw injuries, agreeing that the manufacturer should have installed safety technology on their machines to prevent laceration, amputation, and other types of injuries.

There is new technology on the market that would help protect the public, but so far, many table saw manufacturers have been resistant to adopting it. The SawStop technology, which was introduced in 2000, uses electrical currents to sense when human flesh comes near the blade, and stops the blade from turning almost instantly.

In 2001, the CPSC awarded SawStop the Chairman’s Commendation “for developing innovative safety technology for power saws intended to prevent finger amputations and other serious injuries.”

Manufacturers Resistant to Adopting Safety Technology

Some table saw manufacturers are developing their own safety technology. Bosch, for instance, now has a table saw that contains a feature called “Reaxx” that stops the blade from touching human skin. Most saws, however, like this Craftsman recalled model, still lack this type of advanced consumer protection technology.

Consumers who were injured by the Craftsman 10-inch portable table saw may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover damages.