June 9, 2006
Vermont American 13-inch-Long
Masonry Drill Bits
Units: About 700,000
Manufacturer: Robert Bosch Tool Corp., Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Hazard: The drill bit packages are not properly labeled with
precautionary information on proper use and operation. These and other
manufacturers' 13-inch bits can bend when run at a high speed without
being in contact with a work surface, resulting in loss of control of
the drill and possible lacerations. The safety label should read:
Description: The drill bits are 1/4-inch by 13-inches long, 5/16-inch by
13-inches long, 3/8-inch by 13-inches long, and 1/2-inch by 13-inches
long. They were sold separately as accessories under the "Vermont
American" brand name under catalog numbers: 14044, 14045, 14046, and
Sold at: Hardware stores and home centers nationwide from January 2001
through April 2004 for between $7 and $10.
Remedy: Consumers should make sure that 13-inch masonry drill bits are
in contact with a work surface at all times while operating the drill.
Consumers with these drill bits that are missing the safety instructions
should contact Vermont American Customer Service to obtain safety
Consumer Contact: Call Robert Bosch Tool Corp. at (800) 742-3869 between
7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday thru Friday.