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Bosch Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels Lack Safety Warning Label [06/24/2006]

Bosch Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels Lack Safety Warning Label


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, today issued a Public Safety Notice for the following consumer products. Consumers should review the safety precautions below for abrasive cut-off wheels before further use of these wheels.

Name of Product: Vermont American Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels

Units: About 400,000

Manufacturer: Robert Bosch Tool Corp., Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Hazard: The Abrasive Cut-Off Wheel packages are not properly labeled with precautionary information on proper use and operation. The failure of a user to follow the instructions below could result in injury.

"! WARNING Read, understand and comply with tool manual before use. Follow OSHA and ANSI B7.1 standards. Use eye, face, dust and ear protection. Wear body apron and gloves. Speed rating of wheel must be greater than tool speed. Do not grind without guard adjusted for maximum operator protection. Mount wheel with the tool flanges provided. Run-in for one minute before application. Do not jam, twist or pinch wheel in work piece or apply excessive side pressure to the wheel. RECOIL may occur if wheel is jammed. Do not use near flammable materials or gases; fire or explosion may result. Do not expose to water, condensation or freezing. Discard wheel if dropped, cracked or chipped."

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The wheels have a black, abrasive exterior; a red circular label on the interior; and are used to clean, slot, nick and cut metal. The wheels were sold under the "Vermont American" brand name had the following catalog numbers, diameters and blade thickness:

Item # Diameter Blade Thickness
28026 6-1/2" 1/8"
28027 7"-7-1/4" 1/8"
28028 8" 1/8"
28030 10" 1/8"
28032 12" 1/8"
28033 14" 1/8"

Sold at: Industrial distributors nationwide from January 2001 through September 2005 for between $5 and $15.

Manufactured In: Canada

Remedy: Consumers with abrasive cut-off wheels that are missing the safety instructions should contact Vermont American Customer Service to obtain safety warning information.

Consumer Contact: Call Robert Bosch Tool Corp. at (800) 742-3869 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday thru Friday.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the affected product, please go to:

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