Festool Canada recalls Plunge Cut Track Saw

Starting date:
September 30, 2013
Posting date:
September 30, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Laceration Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-36019

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Festool Canada.

Affected products

Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Track Saw

Product description

This voluntary recall involves the Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Track Saw. The TS 55 REQ is a small, portable, circular saw for woodcutting with a 160 millimetre saw blade, aluminum guide rails and a plunge cut feature.  It is 30.5 centimetres (12 inches) long and has a gray blade housing and a midnight blue motor housing with a soft hand grip and green accents. The date code and serial number are found on a rating plate on the saw’s motor housing under the main handle. Recalled saws include date codes ranging from 02/13 to 05/13 and serial numbers 40033594 through 40074108.

Hazard identified

The plunge lock can engage when not intended, causing the saw blade to remain exposed from the housing following completion of the plunge cut and posing a laceration hazard.

Festool has received no reports of injuries and one report of property damage in the United States.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of this saw.

Number sold

Approximately 478 units of the recalled saws were sold in Canada and approximately 5,200 units were sold in the United States at hardware stores, woodworking stores, other independent retailers and online.

Time period sold

The recalled saw was distributed from April 2013 to July 2013 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Germany.

Companies

Manufacturer
Festool Group GmbH & Co.
GERMANY
Distributor
Festool Canada / Tooltechnic Systems, Canada Inc.
Vancouver
British Columbia
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the saw immediately and contact Festool for details on how to get a free repair or replacement product, or how to receive a refund.

For more information, consumers may contact Festool by telephone at 1-855-784-9727 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.