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CPSC, Milwaukee Tool Corp. Announce Recall of Electric Grinders

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Recall Date:
December 19, 2002


December 19, 2002
Release # 03-048
Milwaukee Recall Hotline: (800) 414-6527


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., of Brookfield, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 electric grinders. The grinder's switch can stick in the "on" position, which could pose an injury hazard to consumers.

CPSC and Milwaukee Electric Tool have received 12 reports of grinder switches sticking in the "on" position; however, no injuries have been reported.

The recall includes the 15 Amp grinders that have a seven or nine inch disc and have the following catalog and serial numbers, which can be found on a nameplate on the top of the grinder:

Catalog Numbers Serial Numbers
6086-20 Serial Prefix 991A and 991B only
6088-20 Serial Prefix 994A and 994B only
6089-20 Serial Prefix 992A

The grinders were manufactured in the United States.

Home centers, hardware stores and industrial distributors nationwide sold these grinders from June 2001 through November 2002 for between $165 and $175.

Consumers should stop using the grinders immediately and return them to their nearest Milwaukee factory service center or authorized power tool service center for a free repair. For more information, consumers can contact Milwaukee Electric Tool at (800) 414-6527 between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can locate the nearest service center by visiting the firm's web site at (the recall announcement on their site can be found at

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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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