About 200,000 Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders have been recalled after numerous reports of the disc holding the sandpaper shattering or flying off, resulting in a number of injuries.
The Black & Decker sander recall was announced on Thursday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after Black & Decker received 73 reports of the disc, called the platen, breaking apart or flying off the sander. The incidents include 15 reports of injuries from flying debris, including at least one serious injury to the face.
The electric sander recall affects Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders, which are black and orange, with model numbers RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW and FS3000ROS and date codes between 200701 and 200929. The model numbers are printed on the label of the sander and the date codes are located on the underside where the dust bag is inserted.
The sanders were sold by authorized Black & Decker dealers, home improvement, hardware and discount stores nationwide from January 2007 through July 2009 for about $40.
The CPSC recommends that any consumers who own or operate one of the affected sanders stop using it and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen at www.blackanddecker.com.