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Cordless drills recalled because of fire hazard

Cordless drills recalled because of fire hazard

Credit: CPSC

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM

You may want to check yours or your husband’s tool box. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 455,000 Ryobi Cordless Drills because they may create a fire hazard.

The Ryobi Model HP 1802M Cordless Power Drills were sold at Home Depot from January 2001 to July 2003 for about $100. 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.

Ryobi has received 47 reports of the drills overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire. In 12 of those reports people suffered damage to their homes or vehicles and two people received minor burns.

If you have one of these you should stop using the drill, remove the rechargeable battery and contact Ryobi for a free replacement. You can call the company at 1-800-597-9624 between 10am and 7pm ET Monday through Friday.

 

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