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Replacement lower blade guards for 12-inch Chicago Electric Miter Saw sold exclusively at Harbor Freight Tools recalled due to injury hazard

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 7,175 replacement lower blade guards for 12-inch Chicago Electric Miter Saw due to injury hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recalled replacement lower blade guards do not sufficiently cover the saw blade and can break when making a cut, posing an injury hazard to the user.

This recall involves replacement lower blade guards sold for Chicago Electric Power Tools brand 12-inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saws bearing item number 61970 and serial numbers less than 370331936. The saw’s item number and serial number are printed on the bottom of the saw’s warning label. The recalled lower blade guards are made of clear polycarbonate and gray polycarbonate with the words “Chicago Electric” stamped into the gray area. There is no serial number for the replacement guard.

Only replacement guards, purchased during or after August 2019, are part of this recall.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled replacement lower blade guards and contact Harbor Freight for a free lower guard assembly kit and installation instructions. Harbor Freight is contacting all known purchasers.

The company has received one report of the recalled replacement lower blade guard breaking. No injuries have been reported.

The replacement blades were sold at Harbor Freight Tools’ parts service department from August 2019 through September 2022 for between $10 and $30.

Consumers can contact Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, email at or online at or and click on “Recall & Safety” for more information.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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