Recall: MasterForce 3.6-volt Cordless Screwdrivers
On 2008-09-03, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding MasterForce 3.6-volt Cordless Screwdrivers due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in April 2007 for about $30.00.
About 40,000 units are involved in this Menards screwdriver recall. Instance(s) of injuries, fires have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 2nd recall of products in the Drills & Power Screwdrivers category in 2008.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 2 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The battery can overheat and ignite during charging, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. There is no protective device on the lithium battery to prevent overheating.
Instance(s) of injuries, fires have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalleDecordless screwdrivers are green and gray in color. 'MASTERFORCE' is printed on the top of the tool. 'LITHIUM-ION TECHNOLOGY' and '241-0717' are printed on the handle.
These items were sold new+ at Menards stores from April 2007 through May 2008 for about $30.
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 screwdrivers and return them to any Menards store for a free replacement or refund.
For additional information, call toll-free at (866) 458-2472 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.menards.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm and CPSC have received three reports of fires. One consumer suffered burns to the hand, and another experienced temporary hearing loss.
+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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