Fire, Burn Hazard Leads to Recall of Harbor Freight Cordless Drill

Fire, Burn Hazard Leads to Recall of Harbor Freight Cordless Drill
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December 1, 2015

Cordless drills that are prone to overheating are being recalled by the manufacturer.

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling the Drill Master 18-Volt Cordless Drill after reports indicating that its internal switching mechanism can become stuck in the "on" position and overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Harbor Freight is recalling about 1.7 million drills.

The recall involves cordless drills with item number 68239 and item number 68287. The drills are black with a red switch and were sold with an 18 volt rechargeable battery pack. Item number 68239 was sold individually and item number 68287 was sold as part of a kit, which included a flashlight. The item number can be found on a black label on the right side of the drill, just beneath the serial number.

Consumers could purchase these drills at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, Harbor Freight Tools catalog, and online at its official website between May 2011 and September 2015 for about $35 for item number 68239 and $46 for item number 68287.

Harbor Freight Tools has received 25 reports of the drill switch overheating, including six reports of burns to the hands and fingers, and five reports of minor property damage.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drills and return the unit to the nearest Harbor Freight Tools store to receive a replacement drill.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Harbor Freight Tools by phone at (800) 444-3353 or by email at