DeWalt Framing, Circular Saws Recalled
November 8, 2006
DeWalt Industrial Tool Co. is recalling about 97,000 framing and
circular saws because of safety hazard.
The lower blade guard can fail to close, leaving the blade exposed and
presenting a laceration hazard to consumers.
DeWalt has received four reports of the lower guard failing to close,
including three reports of lacerations. One consumer received
lacerations to the hand and two others received lacerations to the
leg. All required medical attention.
This recall involves DeWalt DW378G and DW378GT 7 1/4-inch framing saws
with date codes 200301-49 through 200637-49. The model numbers for the
framing saws are located on the side of the housing. The date code is
located either on the name plate or under the handle near the power
cord exit. Circular saws involved in this recall have model number
DC300 with date codes 200601-49 through 200637-49. The model number on
the circular saw is located on the name plate on the top of the motor
housing. The date code on the circular saw is located on the underside
of the motor housing.
Framing saws marked with a "V" on the underside of the handle near the
cord set and circular saws marked with a "V" on the underside of the
motor housing or under the handle where the battery is inserted have
already been repaired and are not involved in this recall.
The saws were sold at major home centers and hardware stores
nationwide from January 2003 through August 2006 for about $170 for
the framing saw. The circular saw was sold from May 2006 through
September 2006 for between $380 and $800, depending on the kit.
Consumers should stop using the saws immediately and contact DeWalt
for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact
DeWalt toll-free at (866) 854-5214 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday
through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.dewalt.com.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC).