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Consumer Reports

Black & Decker cordless drills recalled -- Black & Decker Inc. of Towson, Md., Tuesday recalled 950,000 cordless drill/drivers because a switch can malfunction and overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Black & Decker said it had received 45 reports of the switches overheating, causing two minor burns.

The recall involves 14.4-, 15.6- and 18-volt Firestorm and Quantum Pro drills. The recalled Firestorm drills include model Nos. CD632, HP532, FS1442, FS1560, FS1802 and HP932. The recalled Quantum Pro drills include model Nos. Q145 and Q185.

The recalled units were sold at home center and hardware stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico and Canada between March 1999 and December 2001 for between $50 and $200, both separately and as part of tool kits.

Consumers are advised to stop using the drills immediately and call 866-821-5444 to arrange for a free repair. For more information, visit the company's Web site,

Black & Decker also recalled 6,100 table saws because the motor housing can crack, posing the risk of electrical shock. Black & Decker said the recall is purely precautionary and no reports of electrical shock had been received.

The recall involves 10-inch table saws with model No. BT2500 and date codes 200128-CT through 200148-CT.

The recalled units were sold at home center and hardware stores nationwide between last August and April for about $400.

Consumers are advised to stop using the saws immediately and call 866-357-0324 or visit the company's Web site to arrange for a free repair.

In other action:

Arctic Cat Inc. of Thief River Falls, Minn., recalled 45,000 all-terrain vehicles because the ball joints on the front suspension can fail, causing riders to lose control. Arctic Cat said it has received 73 reports of broken front suspensions, resulting in 10 injuries, including a rotator cuff injury, bumps and bruises.

The recall involves 2002 model ATVs with model names 250, 300, 300 Massey Ferguson, 375, 400, 400 I, 500, TBX 500 and 500i. Consumers should have their model name and 13-digit model number available when they call 800-210-5941 or visit the firm's Web site,, to determine if the unit is involved in the recall.

The ATVs were sold by Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide for a year ending June 12 for between $400 and $6,500.

Consumers are advised to stop using the ATVs immediately.

Shindaiwa Inc. of Tualatin, Ore., recalled 3,100 gasoline-powered professional hedge trimmers because the catalytic muffler can overheat and damage the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. The company said it has received eight reports of overheating, but no reports of injuries or property damage.

The recall includes model No. HT231 with serial numbers between 10100004 and 1111239 and model No. DH231 with serial numbers between 10100001 and 1100149.

The trimmers were sold in California between April 2001 and September 2001 for $390 to $450.

Consumers are advised to stop using the hedge trimmers immediately and contact an authorized Shindaiwa dealer for a free inspection and necessary repairs. For more information, call 800-521-7733.

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