Menards has announced the recall of approximately 42,000 units of the MasterForce 3.6-volt Cordless Screwdriver due to a potential fire and burn hazard. The recall is effective immediately.
The Menards Company, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, imports the products from the Great Star Industry Co., of China. The screwdrivers were manufactured without any protective device on the lithium battery, creating the potential for overheating and fire during charging.
To date, three reports of fires have been received. Minor injuries, including burns to the hands and temporary hearing loss, were also reported.
The recalled cordless screwdrivers are described as green and gray in color, with “MASTERFORCE” printed on the top of the tool and “LITHIUM-ION TECHNOLOGY” and “241-0717″ printed on the handle. They were sold at Menards stores from April 2007 to May 2008.
Consumers are instructed to stop using the screwdrivers immediately and return them to any Menards store for a free replacement or refund. More information is available (866) 458-2472 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or at Menards Web site at www.menards.com
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