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From Products Liability Law Daily, November 2, 2018

Black & Decker recalls 641K hammer drills for injury hazard

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Maryland, has recalled around 641,000 Black & Decker, Bostitch, and Porter-Cable hammer drills and drill drivers because the side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard. An additional 18,000 units were sold in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 19-027, November 1, 2018).

Incidents and injuries. Black & Decker has received 11 reports of side handles slipping or breaking and one report of a torn rotator cuff injury.

Product description. This recall involves side handles supplied with Porter-Cable brand model PC70THD ½-inch VSR 2-Speed hammer drills, Black & Decker brand model DR560 ½-inch drill/drivers, and Bostitch brand models BTE140 and BTE141 ½-inch hammer drills. The side handles are black plastic and attach to the drill to help provide stability. The Porter-Cable hammer drills are gray with red accents, the Black & Decker drill/drivers are orange with black accents, and the Bostich hammer drills are yellow with black accents.

These drills and drill drivers, which were manufactured in China, were sold at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, major home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at and other online retailers from January 2010 through July 2018 for between $50 and $100.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the drills immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement side handle.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Black & Decker at 888-284-3070 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; via email at; or online at "Safety Notices and Recalls"), (click "Safety Recalls"), or (click "Safety Recalls").

Companies: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc.

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