Electric Shock Hazard: Bosch Hammer Drills Recalled Over Electrocution Risk

11/23/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Mt. Prospect, IL—Robert Bosch Tool Corporation and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of approximately 20,000 Bosch hammer drills due to electrocution hazards associated with them. The CPSC announced the voluntary recall on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.

Though no injuries or adverse events have been reported in connection with the recalled hammer drills, the CPSC news release explained, “The models have a grounding system and trigger switch that could cause ground wire abrasion and/or ground connector failure posing a shock hazard. In addition, the switch trigger could become stuck in the “on” position posing an injury hazard to the user.”

Bosch ½ inch 2-Speed Hammer Drills with the following model numbers are affected by the recall: HD19-2, HD19-2D, HD19-2L, HD 21-2

“BOSCH” is printed in red lettering and affixed to the side of the drills.

Nationwide home improvement, hardware and major retailers, as well as by various other distributors sold the defective hammer drills between September 2009 and August 2010. Prices ranged from about $140 to $220.

Consumers have been urged to cease use of the hammer drills and return them to Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for repair, as well as to avoid potential electric shock risks.

Bosch can be reached toll-free at (866) 244-2110 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, or online at www.Boschtools.com.

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