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Half-Million Cordless Drills Being Recalled

ryobi Half Million Cordless Drills Being Recalled Ryobi is recalling a half-million cordless drills because they can overheat. The company has received nearly 50 reports of drills getting too hot and smoking, melting or catching fire — including 12 reports of property damage. The drill is the Ryobi HP 1802-M Cordless Power Drill. They were sold at Home Depot from 2001 through 2003 for $100. If you have one of these drills, you should contact the company for a replacement. 

NEWS RELEASE
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: Ryobi Model HP 1802M Cordless Power Drills
Units: About 455,000
Importer: Ryobi Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C.
Hazard: The switch on the cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Ryobi has received 47 reports of the drills overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire, including 12 reports of property damage to homes or vehicles. Two of the incidents involved minor burns from touching an overheated switch.
Description: The Ryobi Model HP 1802M cordless drill is powered by an 18 volt rechargeable NiCad battery. The drills are blue and black in color with “Ryobi” appearing in red and white on the left side. The model number can be found on a white label on the right side of the drill.
Sold at: Home Depot from January 2001 to July 2003 for about $100.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drill, remove the rechargeable battery and contact Ryobi to receive a free replacement drill.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ryobi Customer Service at (800) 597-9624 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.ryobitools.com<http://www.ryobitools.com>