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August 1, 1996

Release # 96-176
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC and Dewalt Announce Recall of One-Hour Battery Chargers

CPSC and Dewalt Announce Recall of One-Hour Battery ChargersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dewalt Industrial Tool Co. of Hampstead, Md., is announcing a recall of approximately 150,000 DW9104 and DW9106 one-hour battery chargers. The charger's plastic housing could separate during a severe impact, exposing internal electrical components that could present an electric shock hazard.

Dewalt has not received any reports of the charger breaking, or injuries involving the charger. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Only some DW9104 and DW9106 one-hour battery chargers are subject to this recall. The recalled chargers can be identified by the fact that both the top and bottom halves of the charger are black, the bottom of the charger is stamped with a date code between 9534 and 9615, and there is a circular depression 1-3/8" in diameter located under the center of the label on the top of the charger housing. DW9104 and DW9106 chargers measure approximately five inches deep, three inches high, and four inches wide, and have a label on top with yellow lettering that reads in part, "DEWALT."

Hardware stores and home centers sold the chargers nationwide between August 1995 and April 1996 for between $39 and $59. During the same period, hardware stores and home centers also sold the chargers in kits with some rechargeable cordless tools. No other Dewalt Tool chargers are involved in this recall.

Owners of the identified chargers should return them to a Black & Decker/Dewalt Service Center for a free replacement one-hour battery charger. To locate the nearest service center, or for more information, owners should call (800) 540-2626.

Media inquiries should be directed to Jean Miskimmon at (410) 625-2621.

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