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Recall of the Week: Harbor Freight Tools cordless drills due to fire and burn hazard

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 108,000 cordless drills.

Cordless DrillThe black trigger switch on the 19.2v cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Harbor Freight Tools has received one report of a drill overheating and burning through the handle of the unit, which resulted in a consumer receiving a minor injury, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

This recall involves Harbor Freight Tools Cordless Drills, model number 96526. The drills are blue and black and have a black trigger switch. They have a 19.2v rechargeable battery pack.

The drill's model number is located on a yellow label on the left side of the drill. "Made in China" appears in black and red lettering on a yellow warning sticker located on the right side of the unit.

Manufactured in China, the cordless drills were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, from a catalog, and online at from April 2008 through May 2012. The cost was $27 to $30.

Consumers should stop using the recalled drill immediately, remove the rechargeable battery, and contact Harbor Freight Tools to receive a free replacement drill, the company and commission advise.

For more information, call Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or go to and click on Recall Safety Information under Customer Service. Consumers can also e-mail the firm at [email protected].

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Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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