|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2005
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 843-1682
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Sears Roebuck and Co. Announce Recall of Table Saw Rip Fences
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: Table Saw's Rip Fence Assembly
Units: About 41,800
Manufacturer of Rip Fence: Rexon Industrial Corp. Ltd., of East Windsor, Conn.
Distributor/Retailer: Sears Roebuck and Co., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Hazard: The rip fence – a metal guide that keeps material being sawed from shifting side to side as it passes through the cutting blade – can come loose. This could result in kickback of the material being sawed and possible injury to the operator.
Incidents/Injuries: Rexon on behalf of Sears has received 230 reports of the rip fence bracket coming loose. No injuries were reported.
Description: The rip fence on these saws is made of silver extruded aluminum, is 31inches in length, and has an over-locking handle with a black die-cast aluminum head. They were included with Craftsman table saw model number 137.21830.
Sold at: Sears stores nationwide from August 2002 through November 2004. The cost of complete table saw is about $399, and the cost of the rip fence is about $40.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: The firm will provide free replacement parts with instructions to consumers.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Sears Craftsman Helpline at (800) 843-1682 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Table Saw Rip Fence Assembly
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