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Home > Recalled Products > Hardware, Tools & Building Supply > Power & Hand Tools > Drills & Power Screwdrivers > Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers

Recall: Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers


On 2018-11-01, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers due to a potential Injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2010 for about $50 to $100.

About 600,000 units are involved in this Black & Decker hammer drill recall. Instance(s) of injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Drills & Power Screwdrivers category in 2018. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 4 million product units.

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Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: 888-284-3070

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What is the problem?

The side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard

Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves side handles supplied with Porter-Cable brand model PC70THD 1/2 Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drills, Black & Decker brand model DR560 1/2 Inch Drill/Drivers, and Bostitch brand models BTE140 and BTE141 1/2 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.

Product Name Model Number
Porter-Cable ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill PC70THD
Black & Decker ½ Inch Drill/Driver DR560
Bostitch ½ Inch Hammer Drill BTE140 and BTE141

These items were sold new+ 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

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

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

Black & Decker at 888-284-3070 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, at or online at click Safety Notices and Recalls, click Safety Recalls, or click Safety Recalls for more information.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

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

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