|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 1995
Release # 95-086
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187
CPSC, Makita Announce Random Orbit Sander
Washington, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Makita U.S.A. Inc.
of La Mirada, Calif., is recalling about 130,000 units of its 5-inch Random Orbit
Finishing Sanders, model B05000. The metal fan inside the sander can fracture during use,
causing pieces of the broken fan to break through the motor cover, possibly injuring the
Makita has received approximately 10 reports of the fan breaking, including two injuries
that occurred when fan pieces struck the operators of the sander. The sanders were sold
through various hardware stores, tool dealers, and home centers nationwide from April 1992
through June 1994 for about $125.00 each. This recall applies to Makita Random Orbit
Sanders that are identified with the sticker.
Makita previously repaired a number of orbit
sanders prior to sale. Sanders that were already repaired before sale have the letter
"N" stamped on the top left side of the identification sticker and printed
before the serial number. This recall does not apply to the model B05001 sander.
To avoid possible risk of personal injury or permanent damage to the sander, consumers who
own the model B05000 sander without the "N" stamp should return the sander for
repair to the nearest Makita Factory or Authorized Service Center, listed in the
phonebook. Consumers who have any questions should call a Makita ServiceCenter for
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