After receiving 73 reports of the disc that holds the sandpaper was flying off or shattering, Black & Decker issued a recall in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for approximately 192,000 of its Random Orbit sanders. Called the platen, the disc would either break apart or fly off the sander, posing a laceration hazard.
Of the 73 reported incidents, 15 of them reported injuries from flying debris, including reports of one serious injury to the face.
The recall affects electric Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders, which are orange and black. Affected model numbers include: RO400, RO400G, RO400G-CA, RO410, RO410LW, RO410K, RO401K-CA and FS3000ROS. Date codes of affected models range between 200701 and 200929.
You can locate the model number of your sander on the unit’s label and the date code on the underside of the unit where you insert the dust bag.
Affected sanders were sold at Black & Decker outlet stores, home improvement warehouses and other hardware and discount stores nationwide between January 2007 and July 2009 for around $40.
If you own or operate one of these sanders, the CPSC recommends you discontinue using it immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen. You can call the company at (866) 220-1767 during regular business hours or visit their website anytime.
And if you’ve been adversely affected by this or any other defective product, contact Denver personal injury attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm today to discuss what legal options you may have.