Black & Decker Recalls Random Orbit Sanders

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Maryland, just issued a large recall for about 192,000 of its <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders due to laceration hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Random Orbit Sanders immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The black plastic disc—called the platen—that holds the sandpaper, can fly off or break apart during use and the disc, or pieces of the disc, can hit the user or those nearby, posing a laceration hazard.

To date, Black & Decker has received 73 reports of incidents involving the sander’s platen breaking or falling apart, including 15 reports of injuries from flying pieces, one of which involved a serious facial laceration.

This recall involves Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders with model numbers RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW, and FS3000ROS and date codes between 200701 and 200929. The sanders are orange and black. “Black & Decker” is printed on the sanders. The model number is printed on a label on the sander. The date code is stamped on the underside of the sander where the dust bag is inserted.

The recalled Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders, which were manufactured in China, were sold at home center, hardware, and discount stores and by authorized Black & Decker dealers nationwide from January 2007 through July 2009 for about $40.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled sanders and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen to hold the sandpaper. Black and Decker can be reached toll-free at (866) 220-1767 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.blackanddecker.com.

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