- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 6, 2003

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) — Makita U.S.A. Inc. of La Mirada, Calif., Thursday recalled 350,000 electric orbit sanders because the pads can break apart and strike the operator, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Makita U.S.A. Inc. said it has received 13 reports of pads coming apart, including three minor injuries that resulted from pieces of the pad striking consumers.

The recall includes model Nos. BO5000 and BO5001. The model numbers can be found on the silver nameplate on the sander's body.

The sanders were sold by home centers, hardware stores and industrial suppliers nationwide between April and February for $110 to $125.

Consumers are advised to stop using the sanders immediately and return them to the nearest Makita service center for a free repair. For more information, call 800-462-5482.

In other action:

Atico International USA Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recalled 37,000 electrical hot pots because the bottom can separate from the top, posing a serious burn hazard.

Atico International said it has received five reports of separation but no reports of injury.

The recalled Kitchen Gourmet Hot Pots are pitcher-shaped and made of white plastic and have a date code of 0702 on the bottom of the pot and box.

The hot pots were sold by Walgreens stores nationwide between September and January for about $10.

Consumers are advised to return the hot pots to place of purchase for a full refund or send them to Atico International directly at 501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33301. For more information, call 800-645-3867.

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