PhotoBlack & Decker (U.S.) of Towson, Md, is recalling about 659,000 Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard.

The firm has received 11 reports of side handles slipping or breaking and one report of a torn rotator cuff injury.

This recall involves side handles supplied with the following tools:

Product Name

Model Number

Porter-Cable ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill

PC70THD

Black & Decker ½ Inch Drill/Driver

DR560

Bostitch ½ Inch Hammer Drill

BTE140 and BTE141

The side handles are black plastic and attach to the drill to help provide stability.

The Porter-Cable hammer drills are gray with red accents, the Black & Decker drill/drivers are orange with black accents, and the Bostich hammer drills are yellow with black accents.

The hammer drills, manufactured in China, were sold at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, major home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and other online retailers from January 2010, through July 2018, for between $50 and $100

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the drills and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement side handle

Consumers may contact Black & Decker at (888) 284-3070 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by email at recall@sbdinc.com or online at www.portercable.com and click “Safety Notices and Recalls” at the bottom of the page, www.blackanddecker.com click “Safety Recalls” at the bottom of the page, or www.bostitch.com and click “Safety Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.


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