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Massive power tool recall: 1.4 million tools recalled, 9 people already injured

Massive power tool recall: 1.4 million tools recalled, 9 people already injured

It’s time to recheck your power tools after a major recall earlier this year. Two new recalls are in effect regarding devices that can cut you while using them. One of these is DeWALT’s 12-inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws, which have sold more than 1.4 million units in the US and Canada. The other is Makita’s cordless hedge trimmers, of which only about 2,600 were sold in the US.

Both devices have the same problem. Any part that the user must protect can lead to cuts. DeWALT has already received 571 malfunction reports, including 9 injuries.

DeWALT’s Power Tool Recall

DeWALT announced the recall of 12-inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws this week. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted the announcement at this link. Likewise, the Canadian Recall Authority has published its own report – you can view it here.

The company explains that the power tool has a rear guard that can break or come loose. If that happens, the user and bystanders could be exposed to projectiles. They also run the risk of coming into contact with the saw blade of the power tool, which is of course quite dangerous.

DeWALT Power Tool Recall: Photo of the 12-inch sliding compound miter saws (model DWS779). Image source: DeWALT via CPSC

DeWALT has sold 1,364,000 12-inch miter saws in the US. In addition, Canadian buyers purchased an additional 118,600 units.

In the US, the recalled power tool models were available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and other home improvement stores nationwide. Customers may also have purchased them online from Amazon, Lowes, and other websites.

The company sold the saws for between $600 and $820 from April 2019 to May 2022.

DeWALT says the power tool recall affects models DWS779, DWS780 and DHS790 miter saws. You can find the model numbers on the nameplate of the saw. But only the models with date codes 2019 04 to 2022 04 are affected by the problem.

The date codes are on the black plastic motor end cap next to the nameplate on the DWS779 and DWS780 models. The DHS790 model has the date code on the outside of the yellow plastic case next to the batteries. Furthermore, the recall only affects saws without a green dot on the nameplate or a black dot on the arm.

Makita power tool recall: photo of the cordless hedge trimmer.
Makita power tool recall: photo of the cordless hedge trimmer. Image source: Makita via CPSC

Recall of Makita’s Cordless Hedge Trimmer

The following power tool recall also includes a power tool made for cutting. We look at Makita’s cordless hedge trimmers, which also carry the risk of injury to users. The company announced the recall this week, and this action is limited to the US. The CPSC report is available at this link.

Makita explains that the green-blue protective cap on the shear blade of the hedge trimmer is missing. This gives the trimmer a greater chance of injury during use.

The company sold the power tool nationwide during the recall from February 2022 to June 2022. The unit cost between $260 and $460. Makita sold approximately 2,600 units, which were available at various hardware stores and hardware stores. It was also sold online through Home Depot and Amazon.

Various model numbers and serial numbers are included in the recall. You can find the model number on the side of the trimmer. The serial number is located on the battery mounting port.

Model Number S/N of S/N to
XHU07Z 62401Y 62688Y
63136Y 63459Y
65101Y 65388Y
67401Y 67796Y
2495K 2854K
3403K 3762K
XHU07T 60961Y 61032Y
61461Y 61568Y
63921Y 64064Y
65389Y 65712Y
XHU08Z 17255Y 17326Y
18144Y 18203Y
18588Y 18683Y
19352Y 19435Y
1040K 1267K
XHU08T 17636Y 17671Y
18684Y 18839Y

Unlike DeWALT’s power tools, the Makita hedge trimmer has not yet caused any known injuries in this recall.

What you should do

If you own any of these power tools, stop using them to avoid the risk of injury. Both recalls offer the same remedy in the form of free repairs.

DeWALT urges customers to contact the company for information on how to receive a free repair kit. You can also take the power tool to a DeWALT service center for a free repair. The company will contact all known buyers, but you can also contact them.

US buyers will find DeWALT’s contact information at this link. Canadians should check out the local recall notice.

Makita is also instructing customers to stop using power tools in the recall. They should contact the company to arrange a free repair.

Makita will provide consumers with a return label so that they can return the trimmer for repair. Then the company returns the fixed trimmer with a green-blue protective cap on the blade. Contact information for Makita is available at this link.