RECALL: Skil(r) brand Circular Saws

NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2007 Release #07-275
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 761-5572 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Robert Bosch Tool Corp. Recalls Skil(r) Circular Saws Due to Laceration Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Skil(r) brand Circular Saws
Units: About 811,000
Manufacturer: Robert Bosch Tool Corp., of Mount Prospect, Ill.
Hazard: The trigger switch on the circular saw can be locked on or the switch can be turned on without the use of the safety lock-out. This can cause unexpected operation of the saw, posing a risk of laceration.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received five reports of the saw staying on after the user released the trigger. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involves Skil(r) brand circular saws with model numbers 5650, 5700, 5750 and 5755. The model number and date code are printed on the nameplate located on the front of the saw. The recall includes the following date codes:
28101 - 29231 38101 - 39231 48101 - 49231 58101 - 59231 68101 - 69231
No other models or date codes are included in this recall.
Sold at: Home centers and independent hardware retailers nationwide from January 2002 through December 2006 for between $70 and $80.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled saws and contact the firm for instructions on obtaining a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Robert Bosch Tool Corp. toll-free at (866) 761-5572 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.skil.com
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07275.html
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I guess this is OK, but I NEVER plug in a saw/drill and don't expect it to come on. Sharp, spinning blades just make me naturally cautious.
Now if the thing is prone to come on unexpectedly, then yeah, that is a cause for concern.
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- I guess this is OK, but I NEVER plug in a saw/drill and don't expect it to come on.
Good for you...cautious thinking. However, did you miss the part of the post that says "The firm has received five reports of the saw *staying on* after the user released the trigger." That's not a cause for concern?
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That explains what happened to my saw. I could have swore I saw it go scooting up the road last saturday night after I finished using it in the garage. I had just finished off my first beer for the evening when I saw something looking like a Skil saw shoot across my lawn and up the road. I know it was not the beer. On Sunday the saw was gone, and the extension cord was stretched out across my lawn. I suppose the saw started on it's own, ran across the lawn until the cord unplugged, and kept going till it stopped. I wonder where it went? I hope no one was injured or killed.......
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