The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Harbor Freight Tools are recalling more than 100,000 cordless drills due to a fire and burn hazard. The black trigger switch on the 19.2v cordless drill can overheat, putting consumers at risk for burn injuries.

The recall affects Harbor Freight Tools Cordless Drills, model number 96526. The drills are blue and black and have a black trigger switch. They have a 19.2v rechargeable battery pack. The drill’s model number is located on a yellow label on the left side of the drill.

The drills were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, via catalog and online at www.harborfreight.com from April, 2008 through May 2012 for between $27 and $30.

Consumers should stop using the drill immediately, remove the rechargeable battery and contact Harbor Freight Tools to receive a free replacement drill.

For additional information contact Harbor Freight Tools toll-free at (800) 444-3353, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or www.harborfreight.com and click on Recall Safety Information under Customer Service for more information.


If you have been injured by a defective cordless drill, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Contact the defective product attorneys at The Eiccholz Law Firm to explore your legal options.

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