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Cordless drills prone to fire risks recalled

Posted on December 10, 2015 2:37 pm under Product Liability

Harbor Freight Tools voluntarily recalled about 1.7 million units of their Drill Master 18-volt Cordless Drills on December 1. The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission posted on their website that the products had an internal switch mechanism that may get stuck in the “on” position, causing it to overheat and pose risks of fire and burns to the consumer. The manufacturer already received 25 reports of overheating that included six cases of burns to the hands and fingers and five cases of property damage.

The recalled drills have the item numbers 68239 and 68287, which can be found on the right side of the drill. They come in black and have a red switch. The package includes an 18-volt rechargeable battery pack. The products were sold nationwide on Harbor Freight Tools stores and online at harborfreight.com from May 2011 until September 2015.

Consumers should stop using the product and return them for a replacement.

If you are in the Wisconsin area and were affected by this or any other defective product from a negligent manufacturer, please consult with our product liability lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling us today at (414) 271-0900.