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Stanley and Solarwide Industrial Recall Stud Sensors Due to Shock Hazard

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Recall Date:
April 07, 2009

Recall Details

April 7, 2009
Release #09-185

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 215-1132

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: Stanley® Stud Sensors 200 and Stanley® FatMax® Stud Sensors 400

Units: About 78,000

Manufacturer: Solarwide Industrial Ltd., of Hong Kong

Importer: The Stanley Works, of New Britain, Conn.

Hazard: The stud sensor can fail to calibrate properly and detect AC electrical wires behind the wall, posing a shock hazard to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled stud sensor models include the Stanley® Stud Sensor 200 and Stanley® FatMax® Stud Sensor 400 with model numbers 77-720 and 77-730. The model number is located in a slide-out reference guide found in the base of the sensor's handle. The sensors are made of black plastic with a wide yellow stripe down the center. "Stanley" or "FatMax" are printed on the front of the product. A date code is printed on the inside of the battery cover. Affected sensors have date codes that do not begin with the letter "R."

Sold at: Home improvement and hardware stores nationwide from November 2007 through January 2009 for between $20 and $30.

Manufactured in: Hong Kong

Remedy: Consumers should contact Stanley to determine if their stud sensor is included in the recall and to receive a free replacement sensor.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Stanley toll-free at (866) 215-1132 between from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm's Web site at or e-mail Stanley at


Picture of Recalled Stud Sensor

Picture of Recalled Stud Sensor

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