Black & Decker Recalls Hammer Drills Due to Injury Hazard

Recall Date: November 1, 2018
Recall Number: 19-027

Recall Summary

Name of Product:
Black & Decker, Bostitch and Porter-Cable Hammer Drills and Drill Drivers


The side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should immediately stop using the drills and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement side handle

Consumer Contact:

Black & Decker at 888-284-3070 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, at or online at click Safety Notices and Recalls, click Safety Recalls, or click Safety Recalls for more information.

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Recall Details

About 641,000 (in addition, about 18,000 were sold in Canada)


This recall involves side handles supplied with Porter-Cable brand model PC70THD ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drills, Black & Decker brand model DR560 ½ Inch Drill/Drivers, and Bostitch brand models BTE140 and BTE141 ½ Inch Hammer Drills. The side handles are black plastic and attach to the drill to help provide stability. The Porter-Cable hammer drills are gray with red accents, the Black & Decker drill/drivers are orange with black accents, and the Bostich hammer drills are yellow with black accents.

Product Name
Model Number

Porter-Cable ½ Inch VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill

Black & Decker ½ Inch Drill/Driver

Bostitch ½ Inch Hammer Drill
BTE140 and BTE141

Black & Decker has received 11 reports of side handles slipping or breaking and one report of a torn rotator cuff injury.

Sold At:
The Home Depot, Lowe’s, major home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at and other online retailers from January 2010 through July 2018 for between $50 and $100

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md

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