November 5, 1998DeWalt Industrial Tool Co.
Announce Recall to Repair Electric Screwdrivers
Hampstead, MD (SafetyAlerts)
- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), DeWalt
Industrial Tool Co. is recalling to repair about 660,000 corded electric screwdrivers. The
screwdrivers' wiring design can result in the user being shocked.
DeWalt has received reports of 40 of these screwdrivers causing shocks during use. There
have been three reports of injuries resulting from these shocks.
The screwdrivers were sold under the DeWalt , GRABBER , and Black & Decker Industry
& Construction brandnames. The DeWalt , model numbers are DW251, DW252, DW257, DW260K,
DW265, DW266, DW267, DW268, DW268G, DW269, DW272, DW274, DW274-220, DW274W, DW275QD (Quik
Drive ), DW276, DW281, DW282 and DW284. The GRABBER model numbers are 4060 and 4063. The
Black & Decker Industry & Construction model numbers are 2121, 2125 and 2141. Only
numeric date codes from 9601 to 9833 are included in this recall. The date code is
followed by various letters. Those date codes ending with an "R" have already
been repaired. The model number and date code are located on the name plate, which is on
the right hand side of the screwdriver when viewed from the back.
The DeWalt and Quik Drive corded screwdrivers have a yellow housing with black accents.
The GRABBER models have a black housing. The Black & Decker Industry &
Construction models have a charcoal-gray housing.
Major chain home centers and hardware stores, as well as local hardware stores, nationwide
sold these screwdrivers from November 1996 through September 1998 for about $69 to $169,
depending on the model.
Consumers should stop using these screwdrivers immediately and take them to the nearest
DeWalt /Black & Decker service center for a free repair. To find the nearest service
center or for more information, consumers should call DeWalt toll-free at (888) 302-7703
between 8 a.m and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.
No cordless screwdrivers are affected by this recall
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