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Black & Decker Recalls Hammer Drills Due to Injury Hazard

  • Recalled Black & Decker DR560 Drill/Driver without the affected side handles
  • Recalled Porter-Cable PC70THD Hammer Drill without the affected side handles.
  • Recalled Bostitch BTE140/BTE141 Hammer Drill without the affected side handles.
  • Side handles used on the recalled hammer drills/drivers. The affected handle is on the left and replacement handle is on the right.
Name of Product:
Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers

The side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard

Recall Date:
November 01, 2018
About 641,000 (in addition, about 18,000 were sold in Canada)
Consumer Contact

Black & Decker at 888-284-3070 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, at or online at click Safety Notices and Recalls, click Safety Recalls, or click Safety Recalls for more information.

Recall Details


This recall involves side handles supplied with Porter-Cable brand model PC70THD ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drills, Black & Decker brand model DR560 ½ Inch Drill/Drivers, and Bostitch brand models BTE140 and BTE141 ½ Inch Hammer Drills. The side handles are black plastic and attach to the drill to help provide stability. The Porter-Cable hammer drills are gray with red accents, the Black & Decker drill/drivers are orange with black accents, and the Bostich hammer drills are yellow with black accents.





Product Name Model Number
Porter-Cable ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill PC70THD
Black & Decker ½ Inch Drill/Driver DR560
Bostitch ½ Inch Hammer Drill BTE140 and BTE141



Consumers should immediately stop using the drills and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement side handle


Black & Decker has received 11 reports of side handles slipping or breaking and one report of a torn rotator cuff injury

Sold At

The Home Depot, Lowe’s, major home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at and other online retailers from January 2010 through July 2018 for between $50 and $100

Manufactured In:

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md

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This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

About the U.S. CPSC
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has 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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