September 13, 2001             

Ryobi Technologies Inc. Announces Recall to Repair Circular Saws


Ryobi Technologies Inc. (RTI), of Anderson, S.C., is recalling to repair about 125,000 circular saws. The lower blade guards on these saws can stick in the open position, posing a risk of serious injury to the operator and bystanders.

The 7 1/4-inch circular saws have a blue plastic body and a metal blade guard. The name "Ryobi" appears on the blade guard and the motor housing. The recalled saws have one of the following model numbers - CSB120, CSB130, CSB1308, CSB130K, or CSB130JS - which can be found on a white label on the motor housing. Some of the recalled saws were sold in kits that included a hard plastic, gray storage case (embossed with "Ryobi Circular Saw") with the saw and blade inside. Home centers (including Home Depot), hardware stores, and catalogs nationwide sold the circular saws from October 1998 through July 2001 for between $60 and $140.

Consumers should stop using the saws immediately and contact Ryobi's Consumer Response Team for a free repair kit. Consumers should call Ryobi toll-free at (800) 867-9624 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers also can write to the company at: Ryobi Technologies Inc., P.O. Box 1207, Anderson, SC 29622, Attention: Consumer Response Team.