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Drill Master Cordless Drills Recalled for Burn and Fire Hazards

Dec 3, 2015

Drill Master 18-Volt Cordless Drills, from Harbor Freight Tolls, have been recalled because they can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an internal switching mechanism in the drill can become stuck in the "on" position and the drill can overheat.

According to the CPSC, Harbor Freight Tools has received 25 reports of the drill switch overheating; this includes six reports of burns to the user's hands and fingers, and five reports of minor property damage.

This recall involves about 1.7 million Drill Master 18-volt cordless drills with item numbers 68239 and 68287. The drills are black with a red switch and were sold with an 18-volt rechargeable battery pack. Item number 68239 was sold individually and item number 68287 was sold as part of a kit that also included a flashlight. The flashlight is not included in the recall, the CPSC says. The drill's item number is located on a black label on the right side of the drill, just beneath the serial number. Drills with item number 69651 and item number 69652 are not included in the recall. The drills, made in China and imported by Harbor Freight Tolls, were sold nationwide at Harbor Freight Tools stores, through the Harbor Freight Tools catalog, and online at between May 2011 and September 2015 for about $35 for item number 68239 and $46 for item number 68287.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drills and return the drills to the nearest Harbor Freight Tools store to receive a replacement drill.

Consumers can contact Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at for more information. Consumers can also email Harbor Freight Tools at

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