RECALL #3: Black & Decker Recalls Random Orbit Sanders Due to Laceration Hazard

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Blog entry by lightweightladylefty posted 09-10-2010 05:08 AM 1537 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For those of you who don’t get the updates on recalls, here is one that might be of interest.

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

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 06:58 AM

I have no respect and no pity for this company. They decided many years ago they would just make the cheapest junk they could dump on the market and milk their brand name for what ever profit they could. It would be a blessing if they would just go away and quit cluttering the market with the trash they try to pass off as tools..

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#2 posted 09-10-2010 08:36 AM

Note Made in China Wadya expect :)

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#3 posted 09-10-2010 10:32 AM

Wow, I think I have one of these. It’s a “Firestorm” model that I’ve been using for a long time. I’m glad I found this out! I’m upgrading now!

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#4 posted 09-10-2010 12:49 PM

I used to think B&D was among the top of the mid grade tools and have over the years owned many. Haven’t bought one in the last 10 years since they went off shore to China. No thank you I know I don’t have one.

Bob G.

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

I don’t own this tool either, but I signed up to get all notifications of CPSC recalls (since I don’t send in warranty cards to get my name added to mailing lists).

I thought there might be LJs who don’t send in their cards either and should know about the recall.

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 06:50 PM

I hate the fact that almost every tool made today is made in china; I know there are a few exceptions, but I said almost. Actually, there are some good quality tools made over there along with the junk. As far as ROSs are concerned, maybe 2 or 3 models or brands are not made in china. Festool and Bosch come to mind. On the other hand Ryobi, Ridgid, and I think Millwaukee and Dewalt are all made in the same chinese factory, One World Technology, Inc. Most of these tools are not junk; I wish they were made in the USA and I would pay more if they were, but what makes me angry is when a traditional, long respected company seems to go out of its way to make the cheapest crap they possibly can and push it through big box mass marketers on to the unsuspecting public consumer. It’s like they went over to the “dark side” or something.

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