December 22, 1995
Release # 96-054
|CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166
CPSC, Makita Announce Angle Grinder and Angle
WASHINGTON, D.C.-In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Makita U.S.A. Inc. of LaMirada, Calif., is
recalling approximately 7,500 Makita Angle Grinders and Angle Sanders. If the drive
spindle on these power tools breaks during use, the grinder or sanding disc could separate
from the tool, injuring consumers using the sanders or damaging the machines.
Makita has received one report of a consumer who injured his arm when the spindle holding
the cut-off wheel broke and the cut-off wheel separated from the tool.
Three models of Makita tools are being recalled: Angle Sander (Model 9020L); the
seven-inch Angle Grinder (Model 9027L); and the nine-inch Angle Grinder (Model 9029).
Hardware stores, tool dealers, and home centers sold the tools nationwide from November
1994 through November 1995. The Angle Sander sold for $269; the seven-inch Angle Grinder
sold for $288; and the nine-inch Angle Grinder sold for $294.
Consumers who own one of the recalled angle grinders or angle sanders should immediately
stop using the tool and return it to the nearest Makita factory or authorized service
center for repair. Makita factories and authorized service centers are listed in the
Yellow Pages. For more information about this recall, consumers should call (800)
This recall does not apply to sanders and grinders sold since November 1995 that bear a
sticker that says "TYPE 2" on the tool and on the box.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to email@example.com.