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Ryobi Recalls Cordless Drills Due to Fire Hazard
RYOBI RECALLS CORDLESS DRILLS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD
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: Ryobi Model HP 1802M Cordless Power Drills
Units: About 455,000
Importer: Ryobi Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C.
Hazard: The switch on the cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire and
burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Ryobi has received 47 reports of the drills
overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire, including 12 reports of
property damage to homes or vehicles. Two of the incidents involved
minor burns from touching an overheated switch.
Description: The Ryobi Model HP 1802M cordless drill is powered by an 18
volt rechargeable NiCad battery. The drills are blue and black in color
with "Ryobi" appearing in red and white on the left side. The model
number can be found on a white label on the right side of the drill.
Sold at: Home Depot from January 2001 to July 2003 for about $100.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drill,
remove the rechargeable battery and contact Ryobi to receive a free
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ryobi Customer
Service at (800) 597-9624 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday or visit the firm's website at www.ryobitools.com
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled product, please go to:
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