The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Makita U.S.A. Inc., announced a voluntary recall of about 1,500 Makita 7-inch angle grinders. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The guards on some of these angle grinders will not fully cover a hubbed grinding wheel. As a result, if the hubbed grinding wheel comes apart during use, it could hit the user, possibly causing serious personal injury. The company has not received any reports of incidents or injury.
The recall only involves Makita GA7011C 7-inch angle grinders. The grinder's model number and serial number are located on the silver nameplate, which is located above the trigger switch.
The last four digits of the serial numbers of the recalled grinders are in the following ranges: 1745 to 1748, 1768 to 1778, 1780 to 1784, 1797 to 1808, 1861 to 1872, 1885 to 1892, 1897 to 1900, 1909 to 1912, 1921 to 1924, 1953 to 1956, 1969 to 1972, 1989 to 1992, 2013 to 2016, 2025 to 2028, 2465 to 2468, 2471 to 2472, 2477 to 2484, 2489 to 2496, 2501 to 2508, 2513 to 2520, 2529 to 2540, 2549 to 2560, 2573 to 2576, 3133 to 3137, 3162 to 3169, 3874, and 3590 to 3613.
The grinder's housing is blue and the name "Makita" appears in large white letters on the housing. No other grinders are involved in the recall.
The grinders were sold at industrial suppliers and home centers from about July 2005 through September 2005. Consumers with these angle grinders should stop using them with a hubbed grinding wheel immediately and contact the company to arrange for a replacement of their guard free of charge. Known purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
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