Ryobi Technologies Inc. of Anderson, S.C. has announced the recall of about 455,000 of its Ryobi-brand cordless power drills manufactured in China.
The company reports that the switch on the device can overheat, posing a fire and/or burn hazard to consumers. Ryobi says that is has receive 47 reports of the drills overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire, including 12 reports of property damage to homes or vehicles. In two of the reported incidents, consumers suffered minor burns from touching the overheated switch.
The recalled cordless power drills were sold at Home Depot stores from January 2001 through July 2003 for about $100.