DeWALT Cordless Nail Gun Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (U.S. CPSC) and DeWALT Industrial Tool Co. of Towson, Maryland, have issued a nail gun recall for the DeWALT DC608 Cordless Brad Nailers. A product defect could allow the nail gun to operate even when the lock-off safety is in the locked position.
The DeWALT recall was issued after the company received at least two reports of problems with the safety features of the Brad Nailer. The DeWALT Nailers contain a lock-off safety, which is designed to protect users from a potential risk of serious injury caused by the machine driving nails when the user is not expecting it. It has been discovered that the DeWALT DC608 Brad Nailers could eject nails even when the lock-off is in the locked position, and the nailler can operate when the trigger is not pulled and the contact trip is depressed.
The nail gun recall involves about 14,000 of the DeWALT DC608 18 Volt Cordless 2” 18 Gauge Straight Brad Nailers, with date codes ranging from 200728 through 200821. The code “DC608” can be found on the right side of the magazine. The underside of the handle bears the date code, which can be seen when the battery pack is removed. The recall does not apply to DeWALT Nailers that have the letter “M” stamped next to the date code.
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The potentially defective DeWALT Brad Nailers were manufactured in Mexico and sold throughout the United States between October 2007 through May 2008 for approximately $280 each.
The DeWALT nail gun can used in a variety of construction and home building applications. The manufacturer designed the nail gun to consistently penetrate nails into both hard and soft joints. It can be used in a “sequential operating mode” for precise placements or in the “bump operating mode” to drive nails at a higher rate of speed.
The DeWALT Brad Nailer can accept nails ranging in lengths from 5/8″ to 2″, and has a unique 12-position dial, so that the user can easily adjust the depth settings, which sets it apart from most other nail guns. It also contains a top cap that is easy to remove and is resistant to impact.
Owners of the DeWALT DC608 Cordless Brad Nailer have been advised to stop using the nail gun immediately and to contact DeWALT for information on the nearest service center for a free repair of the product. DeWALT can be reached toll-free at (866) 220-1481, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the company’s website at www.dewalt.com.
Individuals who have experienced a serious injury as a result of a malfunction of the safety features of the DeWALT Nailer, should preserve the nail gun for inspection by a product liability lawyer if they intend to review a potential personal injury lawsuit.
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