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Nearly 1.4 million DeWALT miter saws recalled

The rear safety guard can break or detach, posing an injury hazard

DeWALT Miter saw
Photo source: CPSC
DeWALT Industrial Tool Company of Towson, Md., is recalling about 1.4 million DeWALT 12-inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The miter saw’s rear safety guard can break or detach, posing an injury hazard due to projectiles that can strike the user and bystanders. They also pose a laceration hazard to users who could come into direct contact with the saw blade.

The company has received 571 reports of the rear safety guard assembly or components breaking or detaching, including nine reports of laceration injuries.

This recall involves DeWALT Models DWS779, DWS780 and DHS790 Miter Saws with a yellow body with black accents and the DeWALT logo. The model number is printed on the saw’s nameplate. Only saws with date codes 2019 04 through 2022 04 are affected.

For the DWS779 and DWS780 models, the date codes are marked on the black plastic motor end cap adjacent to the nameplate. For the DHS790 model, the date code is marked on the outside of the plastic yellow housing adjacent to the batteries.

Only saws without a green dot on the nameplate or a black dot on the arm of the saw are included in this recall.

The saws, manufactured in Taiwan and Mexico, were sold at Lowe’s stores, The Home Depot, hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, Lowes.com, and other websites from April 2019, through May 2022, for between $600 and $820.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled miter saws and contact DeWALT for details on how to receive a free repair kit. Alternatively, they can take their saw to a DeWALT service center for a free repair. DeWALT is directly contacting all known purchasers.

Consumers may contact DeWALT online or by phone at (800) 990-6421 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday for more information.

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