Safety Alert Number 0712111

DEWALT Recalls Cordless Drills due to Fire Hazard

Release #08-143

DeWalt's Recall Hotline: (888) 742-9168
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

DEWALT Recalls Cordless Drills due to Fire 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.

Name of Product: DEWALT Cordless Drills

Units: About 346,000

Manufacturer: DEWALT Industrial Tool Company, of Towson, Md.

Hazard: The trigger switch of the cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: DEWALT has received 11 reports of trigger switches overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves DEWALT individual cordless drills listed below:

Model Number
Description
Date Codes

DC920
Heavy-Duty XRP(tm) 1/2" (13mm) 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver
200723 through 200742

DC930
Heavy-Duty XRP(tm) 1/2" (13mm) 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver
200625 through 200746

DC935
Heavy-Duty XRP(tm) 1/2" (13mm) 14.4 Volt Cordless Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver
200627 through 200746

DC936
Heavy-Duty XRP(tm) 1/2" (13mm) 14.4 Volt Cordless Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver
200635 through 200746

DC940
Heavy-Duty XRP(tm) 1/2" (13mm) 12 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver
200635 through 200746

The model number is printed on a sticker on the side of the unit. The date code is embossed on the bottom of the unit. Units stamped with an "M" following the date code have been repaired and are not included in this recall. The packaging of repaired drills has a green dot sticker near the UPC label.

Sold at: Wholesale distributors and retailers from about June 2006 through December 2007 for between $180 and $280.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the drills immediately and contact DEWALT for the location of the nearest service center to receive a free inspection and, if necessary, free repair.

Consumer Contact: Call DEWALT toll-free at (888) 742-9168 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit firm's Web site at www.DEWALT.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08143.html