The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of 1.7 million Drill Master 18-Volt Cordless Drills because the drills can overheat and create fire and burn risks.
According to the CPSC, an internal switching mechanism in the drill can become stuck in the “on” position, causing the drill to overheat. Harbor Freight Tools, which markets the drills, has received 25 reports of the drill overheating. Six users reported burns to the hand or fingers, and five users reported minor property damage.
The recalled Drill Master 18-volt cordless drills are item numbers 68239 and 68287. The drills are black with a red switch. Each drill was sold with an 18-volt rechargeable battery pack. The item 68239 drill was sold individually; the item 68287 drill came in a kit that included a flashlight. (The flashlight is not affected by the recall.) The item number for the drill is printed on a black label on the right side of the drill, just beneath the serial number. The recalled drills, made in China and imported by Harbor Freight Tolls, were sold nationwide between May 2011 and September 2015 at Harbor Freight Tools stores, through the Harbor Freight Tools catalog, and online at www.harborfreight.com. Item 68239 sold for about $35 and item number 68287 (the kit with the flashlight) sold for $46.
To avoid injury and fire risk, the CPSC advises consumers to stop using the recalled drills and return them to Harbor Freight Tools for a replacement.
Consumers can contact Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.harborfreight.com for more information. Consumers can also email Harbor Freight Tools at firstname.lastname@example.org.