|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2005
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 714-3860, Ext.232
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Makita U.S.A. Inc. Announce Recall of Chain Saws
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Makita Chain Saws
Units: About 3,400 units
Distributor: Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, Calif.
Hazard: The flywheels on some of the chain saws can come apart during use, which could cause serious personal injury.
Incidents/Injuries: Makita has received three reports of the flywheel coming apart. There have been no reports of injury.
Description: The recall involves Makita DCS6401 and DCS7901-model chain saws in which the last five digits of the serial numbers are within the following ranges:
|Chain saw Model||Serial Number Range
||41915 through 45612
81722 through 82057
||31182 through 31491
The chain saw's housing is teal with the name "Makita" written on it. The chain saw's serial number can be found on the right hand side of the silver nameplate which is located on the back of the fuel tank. No other Makita chain saws are involved in the recall. Any DCS6401 or DCS7901 chain saws with the letter "N" preceding the serial number on the nameplate and a blue dot on the shipping carton have been repaired and are not involved in the recall.
Sold at: Outdoor power equipment distributors and industrial contractor supply houses nationwide sold these chain saws from October 2004 through August 2005 for between $520 and $730.
Manufactured in: Germany
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled chain saws immediately and contact Makita to arrange for a free repair. Known purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Makita toll-free at (866) 714-3860, Ext.232 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.makitatools.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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