Ryobi Tools Recall 2010: 455,000 Cordless Power Drills due to Overheating Problems

By on Oct 15, 2010 in United States, World Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall notice dated October 14, affecting about 455,000 of Ryobi Cordless Power Drills due to overheating problems.

The US CPSC released the press release about the Ryobi Tools Recall 2010 that was posted on their website, states that consumers should stop using the recalled Ryobi Tools products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

According to the notice, the affected model is Ryobi Model HP 1802M Cordless Power Drills, and was sold at Home Depot from January 2001 to July 2003 for about $100.

Apparently, the report added that the switch on the cordless drill can overheat, and may start a fire and hurt the user.

The affected model was said to have been manufactured in China, and there were 47 reports of the drills overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire.

This includes the 12 reports of property damage to homes or vehicles, while two were incidents of minor burns from touching an overheated switch.

The importer, according to the report was Ryobi Technologies Inc., of Anderson, SC, while consumers are being advised to remove the rechargeable battery immediately and ask Ryobi for a free replacement drill.

As for the description, the Ryobi Model HP 1802M cordless drill uses an 18-Volt rechargeable NiCad battery, having a blue and black in color body.

A ‘Ryobi’ is printed in white font with red background, as shown in the photo above, while the model number can be seen on a white label on the opposite side of the drill.

For more information, the affected public is being advised to call the Ryobi Customer Service at (800) 597-9624 from 10 am to 7 pm ET, Monday through Friday or simply visit RyobiTools.com.

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