|August 16, 2005
The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: 3/8-Inch Drive Cordless Drill/Driver
Units: About 2,000
Manufacturer/Importer: JS Products, of Las Vegas, Nev.
Distributor: Mac Tools, of Westerville, Ohio
Hazard: The battery packs on these drill/drivers can overheat, expand and possibly rupture, creating an explosion or thermal burn hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Mac Tools has received six reports of battery packs rupturing while charging and one report of the battery pack rupturing while in use. The rupture that occurred while the product was in use resulted in the user sustaining minor skin burns. The other incidents did not involve any injuries.
Description: The recall involves certain MAC-brand 14.4 Volt and 18.0 Volt 3/8-inch drive cordless drill/drivers. The 14.4 Volt units have part number CDD14438 or CDD14438-Kit and the 18.0 Volt units have Part Number CDD18012 or CDD18012-KIT. The part number can be found on the side of the drill near the logo.
Sold By: Mac Tools distributors from November 2003 through April 2005 nationwide for between $270 and $312, depending on the model.
Manufactured in: China.
Remedy: Consumers stop using the recalled drill/driver immediately and contact their Mac Tools distributor for information on receiving a free replacement drill/driver with battery pack.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call the Mac Tools Repair Department toll-free at (877) 622-3494 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Virtual Customer Service Web site at www.MacTools.com/vcs
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.
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