Ryobi Recalls Cordless Drills
Ryobi Technologies Inc. just got more bad news. In addition to losing a tablesaw lawsuit earlier this year, the company is recalling about 455,000 cordless drills purchased at The Home Depot between 2001 and 2003.
According to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the switch on the Ryobi model HP 1802M 18-volt cordless drill “can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.” The CPSC says Ryobi got at least 47 complaints of the drill overheating, smoking, melting, or catching fire. Among those reports, 12 consumers said their property or vehicles had sustained damage, and two people reported getting minor burns.
If you have this model drill, you should remove the battery and stop using the tool immediately. Ryobi will replace all the drills free of charge. For more information about the recall, visit www.ryobitools.com.
Ryobi's 18-volt cordless drill is being recalled by the manufacturer.
The recalled drill is model number HP 1802M.