Ryobi brand drills sold at Home Depot stores are being recalled after the company received nearly four dozen complaints of them overheating, smoking and even catching fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
About 455,000 of the cordless drills are subject to the recall. The affected drill is the HP 1802M, which has an 18 volt rechargeable NiCad battery. They are blue and black and have a red and white Ryobi nameplate on the side.
The Chinese-made drills were sold for about $100 apiece between January 2001 to July 2003. If you have one of the drills, stop using it immediately, take out the battery and contact Ryobi, which will provide a replacement drill at no charge.
Ryobi told the CPSC that the company had heard from 47 consumers whose drills overheated, melted or caught fire. Of those incidents, a dozen caused property damage to homes or cars and two led to minor burns.
Consumers can call Ryobi at (800) 597-9624 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
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