CPSC, Makita U.S.A. Inc. Announce Recall of Angle Grinders.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030904/USCSCLOGO ) Name of Product: Makita 7-inch Angle Grinder Units: About 1,500 Distributor: Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, Calif. Hazard: The guards on some of these angle grinders will not fully cover a hubbed grinding wheel. As a result, if the hubbed grinding wheel comes apart during use, it could hit the user, possibly causing serious personal injury. Incident/Injuries: Makita has not received any reports of incidents or injury. Description: The recall only involves Makita GA7011C 7-inch angle grinders. The grinder's model number and serial number are located on the silver nameplate which is located above the trigger switch. The last four digits of the serial numbers of the recalled grinders are in the following ranges: 1745 - 1748 1768 - 1778 1780 - 1784 1797 - 1808 1861 - 1872 1885 - 1892 1897 - 1900 1909 - 1912 1921 - 1924 1953 - 1956 1969 - 1972 1989 - 1992 2013 - 2016 2025 - 2028 2465 - 2468 2471 - 2472 2477 - 2484 2489 - 2496 2501 - 2508 2513 - 2520 2529 - 2540 2549 - 2560 2573 - 2576 3133 - 3137 3162 - 3169 3874 3590 - 3613
The grinder's housing is blue and the name "Makita" appears in large white letters on the housing. No other Makita grinders are involved in the recall.
Sold at: Industrial suppliers and home centers from about July 2005 through September 2005 for about $179. Manufactured in: China Remedy: Consumers with these angle grinders should stop using them with a hubbed grinding wheel immediately and contact Makita to arrange for a replacement of their guard free of charge. Known purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall. Consumer Contact: For more information, call Makita toll-free at (866) 838-5008 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at http://www.makitatools.com/.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 838-5008
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CONTACT: CPSC Media Contact: +1-301-504-7908
Web site: http://www.cpsc.gov/ http://www.makitatools.com/