November 10, 2005

Makita U.S.A. Inc. Announces Recall of Angle Grinders

Name of Product: Makita 7-inch Angle Grinder

Units: About 1,500

Distributor: Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, Calif.

Hazard: The guards on some of these angle grinders will not fully cover a hubbed grinding wheel. As a result, if the hubbed grinding wheel comes apart during use, it could hit the user, possibly causing serious personal injury.

Description: The recall only involves Makita GA7011C 7-inch angle grinders. The grinder’s model number and serial number are located on the silver nameplate which is located above the trigger switch. The last four digits of the serial numbers of the recalled grinders are in the following ranges:

1745 – 1748 1768 – 1778 1780 – 1784 1797 – 1808 1861 – 1872
1885 – 1892 1897 – 1900 1909 – 1912 1921 – 1924 1953 – 1956
1969 – 1972 1989 – 1992 2013 – 2016 2025 – 2028 2465 – 2468
2471 – 2472 2477 – 2484 2489 – 2496 2501 – 2508 2513 – 2520
2529 – 2540 2549 – 2560 2573 – 2576 3133 – 3137 3162 – 3169
3874 3590 – 3613      

The grinder’s housing is blue and the name “Makita” appears in large white letters on the housing. No other Makita grinders are involved in the recall.

Sold at: Industrial suppliers and home centers from about July 2005 through September 2005 for about $179.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers with these angle grinders should stop using them with a hubbed grinding wheel immediately and contact Makita to arrange for a replacement of their guard free of charge. Known purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Makita toll-free at (866) 838-5008 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at http://www.makitatools.com/co_news_pr.htm