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"Recall Alerts"


Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Black & Decker (U.S.), Inc. Announce Recall of Cordless Drill/Drivers


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Maryland, is voluntarily recalling about 950,000 cordless drill/drivers. The drillís switch can malfunction and overheat, posing the possibility of a fire hazard to consumers.

The recalled cordless drill/drivers are orange and bear the word "Firestorm" or jade and bear the words "Quantum Pro." The drill/drivers have the following model numbers and date codes:

14.4 volt Firestorm CD632 990852 thru 20005052
14.4 volt Firestorm HP532 990152 thru 20001652
14.4 volt Firestorm FS1442 20002252 thru 20011852
14.4 volt Quantum Pro Q145 990252 thru 20001152
15.6 volt Firestorm FS1560 993752 thru 20000752
18 volt Firestorm FS1802 20002452 thru 20010652
18 volt Firestorm HP932 990152 thru 20012452
18 volt Quantum Pro Q185 990252 thru 20011052

The model numbers are located on the name plate on the side of the drill and the dates codes are located on the bottom of the handle where the battery is inserted (remove battery to locate date code). These drill/drivers were manufactured in China.

Consumers can contact Black & Decker at (866) 821-5444 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday to arrange for a free repair. For additional information, consumers can log on to the company's website at

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 02-231, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), (e-mail), Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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