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May 10, 2001

Two Power Tool Manufacturers Recall Electric Drills

Power tools recalledTroy, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., of Brookfield, Wis., and DEWALT Industrial Tool Co., of Baltimore, Md., are recalling about 58,000 electric drills. The switches on these power tools, which were manufactured by Eaton Corp., of Cleveland, Ohio, can stick. The drills can continue to operate after the trigger is released, posing a risk of injury to consumers.

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has received four reports of drill switches sticking in the on position and one report of a hand injury. DEWALT has received three reports of drill switches sticking in the on position but no reported injuries.

The drills were sold under the brand names, Milwaukee Electric Tool 1/2" drills and DEWALT 1/2" Stud & Joist Drills. The following chart lists the 1/2" drills included in this recall:

Tool Manufacturer Model Numbers of Recalled Tools Serial Numbers or Date Codes of Recalled Tools Recall Hotline Number
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. 1610-1



Serial Numbers:
700B400200013 to 700B400480097

718B400230057 to 718B400480118

472B400200061 to 472B400440188

413B400190567 to 413B400522000
(866) 473-2288
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday
DEWALT Industrial Tool Co. DW124 or DW124K Date Codes:
0021 through 0110
(800) 433-9258
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday

The model number and serial number/date code are written on an identification plate attached to the drill or stamped into the drill body.

Home center and hardware stores, industrial tool distributors, and factory service dealers sold these drills with the Eaton switches nationwide from May 2000 to April 2001 for between $300 and $555.

Consumers should stop using these drills immediately and contact the tool manufacturer to receive a free tool repair.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers May 10, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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