July 27, 2001         

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. Announces Recall of Electric Wrenches


Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., of Brookfield, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 6,000 electric wrenches. The wrenches have power cords that can release from the handle, posing an injury or electrocution hazard to consumers. Milwaukee has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled impact wrenches are shaped like drills, but use a forward/reverse (impact) action to tighten/loosen bolts. The wrenches have a red handle, a red and gray body, and the name "Milwaukee" printed on the drill. The model and serial numbers included in this recall can be found on the nameplate located on the body of the tool. Home centers, hardware stores, and industrial distributors nationwide sold these wrenches from March 2001 to July 2001 for between $180 and $280.

Model Numbers                   Serial Numbers

9070-20                                   229A401010001 thru 229A401250722

9071-20                                   239A401010001 thru 239A401250404

9075-20                                   230A401010001 thru 230A401260104

Consumers should stop using these electric wrenches immediately and return them to the nearest Milwaukee Factory Service Center or authorized power tool service center for a free repair. Consumers also can call Milwaukee toll-free at (866) 473-2288 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can locate the nearest service facility by visiting the company's website at www.mil-electric-tool.com. Wrenches that have an "X" stamped or etched on the nameplate next to the serial number have already been repaired.