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Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders

Starting date:
October 21, 2010
Posting date:
October 21, 2010
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety, Product Safety
General Public (GP)
Identification number:

Affected products

Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders

Product description

This recall involves Black & Decker random orbit sanders with model numbers RO400, RO400G, RO400G-CA, RO410, RO410K, RO410K-CA, RO410LW, FD3000ROS, and FS3000ROS-CA, and date codes between 200701 and 200929. The model number is printed on a label on the sander while the date code is stamped on the underside of the sander (where the dust bag is inserted).

The sanders are orange and black, and have "Black & Decker" printed on them.

Hazard identified

The black plastic disc (called the platen) that holds the sandpaper can fly off or break apart during use and hit users; this poses a laceration hazard.

Black & Decker has received 73 reports of incidents involving the platen breaking or falling apart. This includes 15 reports of injuries from flying pieces, one of which involved a serious facial laceration.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these sanders.

Number sold

Approximately 20,200 of the recalled products were sold at Canadian Tire, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, authorized Black & Decker dealers, and other home centers, hardware, and discount stores.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 2007 to July 2009.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc.

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sanders and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen.

For more information, consumers may contact Black & Decker Customer Service at 1-866- 220-1767 between 8AM and 5PM ET Monday through Friday or visit the Black and Decker Website.

Consumers may also view the release on the Electrical Safety Authority's website.