July 24, 2003


Black & Decker Announces Recall to Repair 18-volt Cordless Drill/Drivers


Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 265,000 18-volt cordless drill/drivers. The drill's switch can malfunction and overheat, posing the possibility of a fire hazard to consumers.

The recalled 18-volt, cordless drill/drivers are orange or jade and have the words, "Black & Decker" printed on the body of the drill. The drill/drivers have the following model numbers and date codes:


Model Number       Date Codes                                    Color


CD1800                    20011952 through 20020652        Orange

PS3700                     973652 through 983052                Jade

PS3725                     20003852 through 20013652        Jade

PS3750                     20002454 through 20005252        Jade

The model number is printed on the nameplate on the side of the drill and the date code is printed on the bottom of the handle where the battery is inserted (remove the battery to locate date code). The recalled units were manufactured in China.

Mass merchandisers, home centers and hardware stores nationwide sold the drill/drivers from September 1997 through February 2002 for between $50 and $80. The drill/drivers were sold separately and as part of various tool kits.

Consumers should stop using the drill/drivers immediately, remove the battery, and contact Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 821-5444 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free repair. For additional information, consumers can log on to the company's website at http://www.blackanddecker.com/CustomerService/Default.asp?DOC_ID=safety-062003.

No other models or date codes are affected by this recall to repair.