Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Cordless Drill Due to Fire and Burn Hazard

The black trigger switch on the 19.2v cordless drill can overheat.

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: November 27, 2012
Recall number: 13-047
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    Left side view of the drill

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    Right side view of the drill

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    Drill and separated battery pack

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Cordless Drill


The black trigger switch on the 19.2v cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Consumer Contact:

Harbor Freight Tools; toll-free at (800) 444-3353, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or www.harborfreight.com and click on Recall Safety Information under Customer Service for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at recall@harborfreight.com

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Recall Details


About 108,000


This recall involves Harbor Freight Tools Cordless Drills, model number 96526. The drills are blue and black and have a black trigger switch. They have a 19.2v rechargeable battery pack. The drill's model number is located on a yellow label on the left side of the drill. "Made in China" appears in black and red lettering on a yellow warning sticker located on the right side of the unit.


Harbor Freight Tools has received one report of a drill overheating and burning through the handle of the unit, which resulted in a consumer receiving a minor injury.


Consumers should stop using the recalled drill immediately, remove the rechargeable battery and contact Harbor Freight Tools to receive a free replacement drill.

Sold at

Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, via catalog and online at www.harborfreight.com from April, 2008 through May 2012 for between $27 and $30.


Harbor Freight Tools, of Camarillo, Calif.

Manufactured in


  • Left side view of the drill

  • Right side view of the drill

  • Drill and separated battery pack