March 6, 2003Makita Has Recalled Electric Sanders
Mirada, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- Makita U.S.A. has recalled
about 350,000 electric orbit sanders. The pads on the sanders can break
apart during use and strike the operator, posing an injury hazard to
Makita U.S.A. Inc. has received 13 reports of pads coming apart, including
three minor injuries that resulted from pieces of the pad striking
The recalled sanders include the BO5000 and BO5001 model numbers, which can
be found on the silver nameplate on the sander's body. The sander's housing
is blue and the name "Makita" appears in large white letters on the motor
housing. These sanders were manufactured in the United States.
Home centers, hardware stores, and industrial suppliers nationwide sold the
sanders from April 1992 through February 2003 for between $110 and $125.
Consumers should stop using the recalled sanders immediately and return them
to the nearest Makita factory service center for a free repair. For more
information on how to return the sanders or to locate the nearest Makita
factory service center, consumers should contact Makita at (800) 462-5482
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
No other Makita sanders are involved in this recall. Any BO5000 or BO5001
sanders with the letters "PUR" on the pad are not involved in this recall.