|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2005
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 838-5008
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: Makita 7-inch Angle Grinder
Units: About 1,500
Distributor: Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, Calif.
Hazard: The guards on some of these angle grinders will not fully cover a hubbed grinding wheel. As a result, if the hubbed grinding wheel comes apart during use, it could hit the user, possibly causing serious personal injury.
Incidents/Injuries: Makita has not received any reports of incidents or injury.
Description: The recall only involves Makita GA7011C 7-inch angle grinders. The grinder's model number and serial number are located on the silver nameplate which is located above the trigger switch. The last four digits of the serial numbers of the recalled grinders are in the following ranges:
|1745 - 1748||1768 - 1778||1780 - 1784||1797 - 1808||1861 - 1872|
|1885 - 1892||1897 - 1900||1909 - 1912||1921 - 1924||1953 - 1956|
|1969 - 1972||1989 - 1992||2013 - 2016||2025 - 2028||2465 - 2468|
|2471 - 2472||2477 - 2484||2489 - 2496||2501 - 2508||2513 - 2520|
|2529 - 2540||2549 - 2560||2573 - 2576||3133 - 3137||3162 - 3169|
|3874||3590 - 3613|
The grinder's housing is blue and the name "Makita" appears in large white letters on the housing. No other Makita grinders are involved in the recall.
Sold at: Industrial suppliers and home centers from about July 2005 through September 2005 for about $179.
Manufactured In: China
Remedy: Consumers with these angle grinders should stop using them with a hubbed grinding wheel immediately and contact Makita to arrange for a replacement of their guard free of charge. Known purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Makita toll-free at (866) 838-5008 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.makitatools.com
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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