Ryobi Cordless Power Drill Recall - Latest Info

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Ryobi Technologies Inc., recently announced the voluntary recall of the Ryobi Model HP 1802M Cordless Power Drill, due to a fire and burn hazard associated with the product. This recall is understood to affect an estimated 455,000 cordless power drills, which were distributed through Home Depot stores across the United States between January 2001 and July 2003, priced at around $100.

The recall was announced after it was discovered that the switch on the cordless drill was prone to overheating, which creates a fire and burn hazard. Although no serious injuries have been attributed to this fault, Ryobi has received numerous complaints regarding this issue, several of which had resulted in minor damage to vehicles and homes. Two incidents are also reported to have resulted in users suffering minor burns. The recalled drill, the Ryobi Model HP 1802M cordless drill, is blue and black in color, and has the Ryobi logo, in red and white, on its left side. The model number is printed onto a white label which is affixed to the right side of the drill.

Consumers in possession of this recalled drill are requested to discontinue the use of this drill, remove the battery from the drill, and to contact Ryobi Customer Service on (800) 597-9624, in order to receive a replacement drill, which will be provided free of charge.

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