Faulty Blade Guard Leads to Recall of Saw Kits by Panasonic
A multinational electronics company is removing a saw model from the shelves due to a safety hazard.
The Panasonic Corporation is recalling a Metal Cutter Saw Kit and Metal Cutter Combo Kit after the discovery that the lower blade guard in these products has a tendency to get stuck in the fully retracted position and not automatically release to cover the blade. This leaves the blade exposed, posing a laceration hazard to the user.
This recall involves the EY3530NQMKW 15.6V Cordless Metal Cutter Kit and the EYC136NQK 15.6V Cordless Metal Cutter Combo Kit. The model number and date code are located on the bottom of the lower support, between the battery and the blade. In the date code, the first number is the year, the second and the third are the month and the last four digits are the production number. For a list of the date codes covered by the recall, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.
About 165 saws are affected by this recall. No injuries have been reported.
The products were sold at industrial distributors nationwide from April 2014 through June 2015 for about $400 for the saw kit and $500 for the combo kit.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled saws and contact Panasonic to receive a return prepaid shipping label. Panasonic will replace the safety guard and return the saws to the consumer.
Customers with questions can contact the North American branch of Panasonic at (800) 743-2335.