On December 20, 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and DeWalt Industrial Tool Company announced a voluntary recall of approximately 346,000 DeWalt cordless drills, due to a potential fire hazard. The trigger switch on the drills can overheat and start a fire.
DeWalt has received 11 reports of the trigger switches overheating. The recall affects the following Heavy-Duty XRP™ 1/2” (13mm) cordless drill models:
- DC920: 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver (date codes 200723-200742)
- DC930: 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver (date codes 200625-200746)
- DC935: 14.4 Volt Cordless Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver (date codes 200627-200746)
- DC936: 14.4 Volt Cordless Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver (date codes 200635-200746)
- DC940: 12 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver (date codes 200635-200746)
Units stamped with an “M” following the date code have already been repaired and are not included in the recall. The recalled drills were sold from June 2006 through December 2007.
Consumers are advised to stop using the drills immediately and contact DeWalt at 888-742-9168 for more information about free inspections and free repairs.