Recalls: Sander that throws discs and a leaky light

Consumer Reports News: September 09, 2010 03:05 PM

After receiving reports of injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced two recalls of items you might have in your garage or workshop—a random orbit sander and a rechargeable halogen light.

Apparently, 192,000 Black & Decker random orbit sanders were a bit too random. The company 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.

The sander recall involves six models (RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW and FS3000ROS) with date codes between 200701 and 200929. The model number is printed on a label on the sander and the date code is stamped on the underside. They were sold in home center stores and at Black & Decker dealers from January 2007 through July 2009. Consumers should contact Black & Decker at (866) 220-1767 or via the Black & Decker website to obtain a free replacement platen.

Halogen spotlights
Spotlight_recall Innovage has recalled 1.4 million handheld FixIt rechargeable halogen spotlights with batteries that can rupture during recharging and leak battery acid. The company has gotten reports of 13 incidents involving minor skin chemical burns and battery-acid burn holes in upholstery, clothing and carpeting.

The recall involves the One Million Candlepower Spotlight made of yellow plastic with a black label. It was sold at Walgreens, Rite Aid, Bealls, Tuesday Morning, Ace Hardware, Boscov’s and Winn-Dixie stores from October 2003 through October 2009 for $10. Consumers should contact Innovage at (888) 408-1140 or at www.spotlightrecall.org for details on returning the product for a full refund.

For more on these and other recalls, visit our Safety Blog.

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