Is Your Favorite Power Tool a Lemon?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced two major
product safety recalls, one for about 825,000 battery chargers sold for
DeWALT cordless tools, and another recall of 180,000 power tools sold by
other manufacturers. CPSC found that the battery chargers could cause
electrical shocks. Certain models of other brand power tools have faulty
switches which can continue to operate after the trigger has been released,
posing a risk of injury to consumers.
Take a look at your battery charger for your DeWALT cordless tool to find out
if it's been recalled. Home center and hardware stores sold these battery
chargers individually nationwide from September 1999 through August 2000 for
between $49 and $69. Some also came with the tool. The chargers are black
with yellow lettering, with "DeWALT" written on the front. Look for model
number DW9116, written on the front and bottom of the charger housing. The
recalled chargers have date codes from 9927EM through 9952EM and 0001EM
through 0031EM located on the bottom of the charger. (Chargers with a yellow
or green dot sticker near the date code already have been repaired, and are
Consumers should stop using these battery chargers immediately, and take them
to a DeWALT or Black & Decker service center for a free repair. To locate the
nearest service center, or for more information, call DeWALT toll-free at
(888) 388-3273 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
The next place to look on your workbench is for certain model numbers on
certain power tools, including Bosch-brand drills; Makita-brand rotary
hammers, drills and screwdrivers; and Milwaukee Electric Tool-brand band
saws. In cooperation with the CPSC, three power tool manufacturers are
recalling about 180,000 tools. The switches can stick and continue to operate
after the trigger has been released, posing a risk of injury to consumers.
Only certain model numbers are being recalled, so check the CPSC web site at
www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01014.html for a list of recalled tools,
or call the hotline number at (800)661-5398. The recalled tools were sold
from January 2000 through September 2000.
No injuries have been reported with either the battery charger or tools. But
why take chances when you can get your charger or tool repaired or replaced
This article created from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission releases.