Harbor Freight Tools Recalls 1.7 Million Cordless Drills

Harbor Freight Tools has received 25 reports of the drill switch overheating, including six reports of burns to users' hands and fingers and five reports of minor property damage, according to CPSC.

Harbor Freight Tools of Camarillo, Calif., has recalled about 1.7 million Drill Master 18-Volt Cordless Drills because of an internal switching mechanism that can become stuck in the "on" position and overheat, posing a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Dec. 1.

The 18-volt drills were manufactured in China. They bear item number 68239 and item number 68287, are black with a red switch, and were sold with an 18 volt rechargeable battery pack at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, the Harbor Freight Tools catalog, and online at www.harborfreight.com between May 2011 and September 2015 for about $35 for item number 68239 and $46 for item number 68287. (Item number 68239 was sold individually and item number 68287 was sold as part of a kit that included a flashlight; the flashlight is not included in the recall.) The item number is located on a black label on the right side of the drill under the serial number.

For information, contact Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST weekdays, email recalls@harborfreight.com, or visit www.harborfreight.com and click on Recall Safety Information under Customer Service for more information.

Consumers should immediately stop using a recalled drill and return it to the nearest Harbor Freight store for a replacement unit. Harbor Freight Tools has received 25 reports of the drill switch overheating, including six reports of burns to users' hands and fingers and five reports of minor property damage, according to CPSC.

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