CPSC, DeWALT Announce Recall to Repair Air Compressors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2005
Release #05-202
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 397-3228
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

CPSC, DeWALT Announce Recall to Repair Air Compressors

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: DeWALT Model D55143 Three-Gallon Hand-Carry Oil Free Air Compressor.

Units: About 3,840 units

Manufacturer: DeWALT Industrial Tool Company, Baltimore, Md.

Hazard: Due to a wiring insulation defect, the unit may pose a possible shock hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries reported.

Description: Only DeWALT D55143 three-gallon hand-carry oil free air compressors with the following date codes: 200448, 200453, 200502 through 200505, 200508, and 200509 are included in the recall. The date code is printed on the name plate on the rear air tank of the unit. Units marked with an "R" on the end cap of the unit are not included in this recall.

Sold At: Home center and hardware stores nationwide from January 2005 through April 2005 for about $250.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the compressors immediately and contact DeWALT for the location of the nearest service center to receive a free inspection or repair if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact DeWALT at (866) 397-3228 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.DeWALT.com

 Picture of Recalled Air Compressor