If you own a Black & Decker Random Orbit Sander, you should double check the model number to make sure it isn’t one of the 192,000 that were recalled today in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company received nearly 75 complaints from consumers who had defective tools according to this press release. The Black & Decker Sander utilizes a small black disk made of plastic known as the platen. This piece holds the sandpaper. However, in multiple instances, this platen has shattered apart which sends sharp pieces of plastic debris flying through the air. These pieces can easily cause a personal injury such as a laceration to your skin.
The products affected by the recall include those units with model numbers: RO400, RO400G, RO410, FO410K, RO410LW, and FS3000ROS, which can be seen printed on the back label of the sander. The date codes printed on the units range from 200701 to 200929. The products were sold at various stores between January 2007 and July 2009 for under $50.
As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I urge you to immediately cease using your sander if you own one of the defective models. You can contact Black & Decker and they will ship you a replacement platen that will make the tool safe to use again.