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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 1996

Release # 97-022
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, S-B Power Tool Company Alert Owners of Bosch Mini-Grinder

WASHINGTON, D.C. CPSC and S-B Power Tool Company are alerting 150 owners of portable Bosch Mini-Grinders that the wrong wheel guard was sold with the grinders. If the misfitting wheel guard loosens and touches the high-speed grinding wheel, consumers could be injured by parts of the shattered wheel.

S-B Power Tool urges recent purchasers of portable Bosch Mini-Grinders, models 1347A and 1347AK, to check the inside of the wheel guard collar for a metal bump that would prevent the guard from being clamped on the grinder securely. These guards should be removed and returned for the correct-fitting guards.

S-B Power Tool has sold 150 portable Bosch Mini-Grinders with the wrong wheel guard since August 1996 in mass merchandise stores nationwide for about $150. No injuries have been reported. However, the company is alerting customers to check for and replace the misfitting guard to prevent potential serious injuries.

Consumers should call (800) 301-8255, Ext. 3300 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST for a correct-fitting guard free of charge, if their guard has the metal bump. Or consumers may take the wrong guard to the nearest authorized Skil-Bosch Service Center for the correct-fitting guard.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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