Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on November 28, 2012 12:01:00 am

Recalls-blog-artCORDLESS DRILLS About 108,000 Harbor Freight cordless drills sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, via catalog, and online at from April, 2008 through May 2012 for between $27 and $30. The black trigger switch on the 19.2v cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Harbor Freight Tools has received one report of a drill overheating and burning through the handle of the unit, which resulted in a consumer receiving a minor injury.
IF YOU OWN ONE Remove the rechargeable battery and contact Harbor Freight Tools to receive a free replacement drill. Call 800-444-3353 or go to and click on Recall Safety Information under Customer Service for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at [email protected].

CHILDREN'S RIDING TOYS About 15,500 Step2 children's riding toys sold at Target and other retailers from January 2012 through August 2012 for about $25. Children who lean too far forward on the seat can go over the handle bar and hit the ground. This poses a fall hazard. The firm has received four reports of incidents, with one incident resulting in head bumps and one resulting in a minor concussion and cuts to the gum and lip from the child's front teeth.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Step2 to receive a free replacement toy. Call 866-860-1887or go to, and click on the "View Details" link under Recall Information for more information.

RIDING MOWERS About 2,600 (U.S.) and 31 (Canada) Toro Z Master riding mowers sold at Toro dealers nationwide from January 2012 through August 2012 for between $7,700 and $8,700. The traction drive belt can wear through the mower's fuel tank and cause fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard. Toro has received five reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact a Toro dealer to schedule a free repair and/or to check if the repair has already been made to the mower. Toro has contacted registered owners of the recalled mowers. Call 855-493-0090 or go to and click on Product Recall Information on the bottom right-hand side of the page for more information.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.

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Robin Melen

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