Recall: Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw
On 2013-09-30, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw due to a potential laceration hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 2013 for about $585.
About 5,000 units are involved in this Festool circular saw recall. Instance(s) of property damage 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 Saws, Splitters & Hatchets category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 50 similar recalls,
involving about 5 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (855) 784-9727
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What is the problem?
The plunge lock can engage when not intended, causing the saw blade to remain exposed from the housing following completion of the plunge cut and posing a laceration hazard.
Instance(s) of property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The TS 55 REQ is a small, portable, circular saw for woodcutting with a 160 mm saw blade, aluminum guide rails and a plunge cut feature.¬† It is 12 inches long and has a gray blade housing and a midnight blue motor housing with a soft hand grip and green accents. The date code and serial number are found on a rating plate on the saw's motor housing under the main handle.¬† Recalled saws include date codes ranging from 02/13 to 05/13 and serial numbers 40033594 through 40074108.
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/36019r-eng.php
These items were sold new+ at Hardware stores, woodworking stores and other independent retailers, as well as online retailers such as www.amazon.com from May 2013 to July 2013 for approximately $585.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled saws and contact Festool USA for details on how to get a free repair or replacement product, or how to receive a refund.
Festool USA toll-free at (855) 784-9727 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.festoolusa.com and click on the "TS 55 REQ Recall" link for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received no reports of injuries and one report of property damage.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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