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April 27th, 2012

Power Tool Safety Issues in Products Liability Cases

Power Tool Safety Issues in Products Liability Cases

Even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) updates regulations related to power tools, injury rates remain relatively high, especially for tools like table saws. The CPSC estimates that there are roughly 10 finger amputations per day in table saw accidents.

Many power tools have been subject to recalls over the last few years. Below are some recent power tool recalls:

  • 2006: 145,000 Ryobi radial arm saws, recalled due to detached blade assemblies
  • 2007: 800,000 Alltrade power tool battery chargers, recalled due to laceration and burn hazards
  • 2007: 97,000 DeWalt framing saws, recalled due to blade guard failure
  • 2007: 37,000 DeWalt circular saws, recalled due to blade guard failure
  • 2008: 980,000 Dirt Devil vacuum accessories, recalled due to laceration hazards
  • 2012: 55,000 Irwin 10 inch circular saw blades, recalled due to defective packing resulting in blades falling out of the package

The majority of power tool products liability cases in Pennsylvania revolve around issues related to design and proper warnings. SawStop is a safety device which was developed by an attorney in Oregon, Stephen Gass. The device stops the blades when body parts are detected. In 2003, the CPSC granted a petition to draft new rules related to use of the device for table saws. However, the new rules were never promulgated. Recent lawsuits involving table saws now include claims that protective devices like SawStop should have been installed.

Related Article: Pennsylvania Product Liability Claims in Table Saw Accidents

To submit your case for review by our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey defective power tool lawyers, call Click To Call.  Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis.

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