The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., announced a voluntary recall of about 192,000 Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders.
Hazard: 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.
Incidents/Injuries: Black & Decker has received 73 reports of incidents involving the sander's black plastic disc (platen) breaking or falling apart, including 15 reports of injuries from flying pieces, one of which involved a serious facial laceration.
Description: 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.
Sold at: Home center, hardware and discount stores and by authorized Black & Decker dealers nationwide from January 2007 through July 2009 for about $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sanders and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen to hold the sandpaper.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 220-1767 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at blackanddecker.com.