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About 21,500 Ryobi portable table saws, sold exclusively at Home Depot, have been recalled due design defects that may result in a laceration risk for individuals using the table saw or those standing nearby.
The Home Depot table saw recall was announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), after the manufacturer received a report from a consumer who was hit by a piece of metal that flew out of the machine while cutting.
The CPSC has determined that the saw blade on the motor carriage could be misaligned. Although there have been no reported injuries or property damages in connection with the defective portable table saws, this could pose a serious hazard for consumers.
The recall affects about 21,500 Ryobi RTS20 portable table-saws, which have a blue base and warning label on the rear of the saw with Ryobi and the model number RTS20 printed on it.
The saws were sold at Home Depots in the United States and Canada from July 2010 through October 2010 for about $200. They were distributed by One World Technologies, of Anderson, South Carolina and were made in China.
This is the second Ryobi recall in less than two months. In mid-October, the CPSC announced a recall of 455,000 Ryobi Model HP 1802M cordless power drills after the company received 47 reports of overheating, 12 of which resulted in fires that caused property damage to homes and vehicles and minor injuries. The drills were also sold exclusively at Home Depot.
Any consumers who own one of the recalled table saws should contact Ryobi for a free inspection and free repair or replacement if necessary. For more information, consumers can contact Ryobi at 1-800-597-9624 or visit the company’s website at www.ryobitools.com.