According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Black & Decker (US) Inc., of Towson, MD, has voluntarily recalled one of their products. This recall was released September 9, 2010.
What is being recalled?
Approximately 192,000 sanders are included in this recall.
What’s the problem?
The platen (the black plastic disc that secures the sandpaper while the product is in use) can break apart and/or fly off the sander. The disc or pieces of it can hit anyone close to it, including the operator, resulting in cuts or scratches. Of the 73 reports the company has received about the platen breaking or falling apart, 15 of them involved injuries sustained from flying pieces. A serious laceration of the face was reported in one incident.
Which specific sanders are involved in this recall?
This recall involves several Black & Decker random orbit sander models. The model numbers, which can be found on a label on each sander, are RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW, and FS3000ROS. The date codes on these products range from 200701 through 200929, and they are stamped near the dust bag insertion site underneath the sander. Each orange and black sander has “Black & Decker” printed on it. They were manufactured in China and sold in the US nationwide from January 2007 though July 2009. They were sold in home center, hardware, and discount stores, as well as by authorized dealers, for about $40.
What do I do now?
If you have one of these sanders, don’t use it! To get your free replacement platen, call Black & Decker at (866) 220-1767 or visit blackanddecker.com.
If you have been injured by this product, or you know of any other potential hazards caused by it, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is interested in hazards posed by all products, not just this one. Call them at (800) 638-2772 if you know of another product that is potentially dangerous or has caused injuries.