FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2000
Release # 01-014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), three power tool manufacturers are recalling about 180,000 power tools. The switches on these power tools, which were manufactured by Eaton Corp, of Cleveland, Ohio, can stick. The tools can continue to operate after the trigger has been released, posing a risk of injury to consumers. S-B Power Tools Co., of Chicago, Ill., is recalling Bosch-brand drills; Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, Calif., is recalling Makita-brand rotary hammers, drills and screwdrivers; and Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., of Brookfield, Wis., is recalling Milwaukee Electric Tool-brand band saws.
The firms have received one report of a Bosch drill switch sticking in the on position. No injuries have been reported.
The following chart lists the power tools included in this recall. The model number can be found written on the power tool.
|Tool Manufacturer||Recalled Tools||Model Numbers of
|S-B Power Tool Co.||Bosch-brand drills||1011VSR, 1012VSR,
|Makita U.S.A. Inc.||Rotary hammers,
drills & screwdrivers
6407, 6408, 6408K,
|Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.||Variable speed band saws||6227, 6230, 6232-6, and 6234||(800) 729-3878|
Home center and hardware stores, industrial distributors, and factory service dealers sold these recalled power tools from January 2000 through September 2000 for between $55 and $500.
Consumers should stop using these power tools immediately and contact the tool manufacturer to receive a free replacement tool or tool repair.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 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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