June 3, 2005

DeWALT Announces Recall to Repair Framing Nailers

Name of Product: DeWALT Framing Nailers (model numbers listed below)

Units: About 250 (60 new and 192 reconditioned)

Manufacturer: DeWALT Industrial Tool Co., of Baltimore, Md.

Hazard: The contact trip on some of the nailers could malfunction and cause a nail to eject unexpectedly, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers.

Description: The recall involves new DeWALT D51844 and D51845 Heavy-Duty 20° Full Round Head Framing Nailers, and new DeWALT Model D51722 Heavy Duty 31° Clipped Head Framing Nailers. The recalled units have the following date codes: 200203, 20024, 200217, 200302, 200304, 200308, 200315, 200325, 200329, 200343, 200403, 200404, 200406, 200407, 200412, 200413, 200415, 200416 and 200417. The location of the date code is shown on the photograph below. The new units have a rework date code of 200449DM, 200450DM, 200451DM or 200452DM on the carton. The recall also involves reconditioned DeWALT D51844R and D51845R Heavy-Duty 20° Full Round Head Framing Nailers, and reconditioned DeWALT Model D51822R and D51823R Heavy Duty 31° Clipped Head Framing Nailers, with date codes 200423 through 200509. The date codes on all of the units are located in the area shown on the photograph below.

Sold At: New nailers were sold at major home centers and hardware stores nationwide from December 2004 through March 2005 for between $250 and $300. Reconditioned nailers were sold at company service centers nationwide from June 2004 through March 2005 for between $230 and $280.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the nailers immediately and contact DeWALT for the location of the nearest service center to receive a free inspection and repair.

Consumer Contact: Call DeWALT toll-free (866) 397-3228 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit DeWALT’s Web site at www.DeWALT.com