Published: 00:00, 26 July 2014 |
Updated: 09:38, 26 July 2014
Trading standards officers have seized almost 1,000 dangerous chainsaws, imported from China, at Dover Docks.
The machines were found to have three major faults, including the failure of the chain brake test, which measures the force needed to move the handl. When the engine was running the brake did not work, no matter how hard it was activated.
Tests also showed that although the engine kill switch works, it takes longer than anticipated to take effect. This should stop the engine immediately but the chainsaw tested took about five seconds.
Thirdly, users are advised to wear protective gloves but the design does not allow enough room for a glove to be worn, a spokesman added.
KCC Trading Standards officers were alerted to the consignment by Customs officers at Dover, where it had arrived from China via Hamburg. The importer told Trading Standards that the chainsaws, which come in several parts for self-assembly, were intended to be sent on to Poland.
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