FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 24, 1995

 

Release # 95-086


Washington, D.C. - CPSC, Makita U.S.A. Inc. of La Mirada, Calif., is recalling about 130,000 units of its 5-inch Random Orbit Finishing Sanders, model B05000. The metal fan inside the sander can fracture during use, causing pieces of the broken fan to break through the motor cover, possibly injuring the operator.

Makita has received approximately 10 reports of the fan breaking, including two injuries that occurred when fan pieces struck the operators of the sander. The sanders were sold through various hardware stores, tool dealers, and home centers nationwide from April 1992 through June 1994 for about $125.00 each. This recall applies to Makita Random Orbit Sanders that are identified with the sticker depicted below, which reads:

Picture Random Orbit Sander and label

Makita previously repaired a number of orbit sanders prior to sale. Sanders that were already repaired before sale have the letter "N" stamped on the top left side of the identification sticker and printed before the serial number. This recall does not apply to the model B05001 sander.

To avoid possible risk of personal injury or permanent damage to the sander, consumers who own the model B05000 sander without the "N" stamp should return the sander for repair to the nearest Makita Factory or Authorized Service Center, listed in the phonebook. Consumers who have any questions should call a Makita ServiceCenter for assistance.