DeWalt Miter Saw Recall Issued Due to Risk Rear Guard Blade May Detach

DeWalt indicates it has received nearly 600 reports of the rear guard breaking, posing a laceration risk to users

DeWalt has recalled nearly 1.5 million miter saws, due to a defective safety guard that may detach and cause severe laceration injuries.

The DeWalt miter saw recall was announced on Thursday, following nearly 600 reports of involving problems that may cause the rear blade guard to detach, including at least 9 reported injuries.

The plastic rear guard assembly for the miter saw can break, shatter, or detach during use. This exposes the saw blade and poses a projectile laceration hazard to bystanders and a laceration hazard to the person using the saw if they come into contact with the spinning blade after the guard detaches.

The recall impacts DeWalt 12-inch miter saw models DWS779, DWS780 and DHS790 (designated DHS790AB or DHS790AT2 on the carton) with date codes 2019 04 through 2022 04. Date codes are marked on the black plastic motor end cap near the nameplate for models DWS779 and DWS780. For model DHS790, it is marked on the outside of the yellow plastic 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. If the saw does not have a date code or you cannot locate it, contact DeWalt for assistance in determining if your saw is a part of the recall and poses a risk.

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The saws were sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and hardware stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, Lowes.com, and other websites for $600 to $820 from April 2019 through May 2022. Nearly 1.4 million were sold in the US, and nearly 119,000 were sold in Canada.

DeWalt recommends consumers with recalled saws stop using them and contact DeWalt for details on how to receive a free repair kit or how to take their saw to a DeWalt service center for a free repair.

Consumers can contact DeWalt at 800-990-6421 for more information or with questions about the recall.

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