On February 27, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for Harbor Freight Tools’ propane torches due to a burn hazard. The propane torches were sold under the name “Greenwood propane torches” exclusively through Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online at www.harborfrieight.com from November 2013 through October 2018 for between $20 and $30.
This recall involves two models of the Greenwood-branded propane torches. The torches with no igniter have SKU number 61589 and the torches with a push-button igniter have SKU number 61595. The torches have a steel nozzle, a flow valve, a blue grip and a black or orange hose. The SKU number is printed on a sticker located on the pipe that leads to the nozzle on the product packaging and on the manual. Only propane torches that do not have markings on the handles or brass knobs are included in this recall.
Prior to the recall, PCVA attorneys helped a victim of the faulty propane torch recover damages to compensate for injuries and losses. In that lawsuit, filed in Pierce County, a man had caught fire while using the propane torch to burn weeds. The victim suffered second- and third-degree burns to his hands, arms, neck and upper torso. The burns were so severe that he had to be transferred an hour away from his Spanaway home to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
If you or someone you know suffered injuries while using a propane torch sold by Harbor Freight Tools, contact PCVA for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation at 253-289-1412 or use the contact form found here.