November 25, 1998DeWalt Recalls Framing Saws
Hampstead, MD (SafetyAlerts)
- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), DeWalt Industrial Tool Co. is recalling about 25,000 framing
saws. The saw's lower blade guard can fail to fully close during use, leaving the blade
exposed and presenting a risk of laceration.
DeWalt is aware of 15 reports of the saw's lower blade guard failing to fully close. Of
these incidents, there have been eight reports of lacerations, with at least three cases
These are DeWalt 7 1/4-inch framing saws have model number DW378G, which is located on a
black name plate on the side of the saw. These saws have date codes 9813F through 9820F,
located on the bottom of the saw below the power cord. The saws are yellow with black
accents and have a silver-colored blade guard. "DEWALT" is written on the blade
Major home centers and hardware stores, as well as local hardware stores, sold these saws
nationwide from May 1998 through September 1998 for between $149 and $175.
Consumers should immediately stop using these framing saws and take them to a DeWalt/Black
& Decker service center for a free repair. To locate the nearest service center or for
more information, consumers should call DeWalt toll-free at (888) 839-3559 between 8 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.
Saws with date codes ending with a letter "X" have already been repaired.
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