Product Recalls #1: Black and Decker Random Orbit Sander laceration hazard.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 09-10-2010 05:08 PM 1439 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I get enough of these in my inbox, and some of them are relevant to the health and safety of fellow woodworkers. So it seemed appropriate to start a blog series for product safety recalls.

On the maiden voyage of this series, I bring you the Black and Decker Random Orbital Sander laceration hazard recal from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC web site shows a D handle style sander, however there is a list of models there, check yours to make sure…

Per the CPSC email brief…

1. NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

September 9, 2010
Release #10-339

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 220-1767
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Black & Decker Recalls Random Orbit Sanders Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders

Units: About 192,000

Manufacturer: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md.

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 06:12 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmm….....that sounds a real cheap piece of material used for the platen. I don’t think any sander I have ever owned has a platen that could realistically ever fly apart. Strange.

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Thomas Keefe

131 posts in 3434 days

#2 posted 09-10-2010 07:12 PM

You said that you receive a lot of these recall notices. I don’t think I have seen any. I would like
to see this kind of information posted in a more prominent location. Power tools are dangerous
enough on their own, without having to contend with defective products too. Thanks for
providing the information.


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#3 posted 09-10-2010 08:39 PM


I subscribe to the CPSC recall mailing list. You can subscribe at the CPSC website.

It’s not often that I get power tool recalls, but there are a LOT of other items of interest to users here…

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View bent's profile


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#4 posted 09-11-2010 01:37 AM

i appreciate you posting this. i have one of these affected sanders and this is the only thing i’ve seen about the recall.

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