Nail Gun Injuries Surge

DEWALT Recalls Cordless Brad Nail Guns

However, a new Duke University study in the current issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly suggests that inexperienced users may want to take pause before adding a nail gun to their home tool kit, as using these high-powered nail guns may be risky business for amateur carpenters. Researchers looked at hospital reports and government statistics and found that the number of weekend warriors treated for nail gun injuries in American emergency rooms has more than tripled over the past 16 years — a rise mirrored in the increasing availability of nail guns to the average consumer. In total, doctors went from treating about 4,200 home users for nail-gun related injuries in 1991 to about 14,800 in 2005.
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The DeWALT recall was issued after the company received at least two reports of problems with the safety features of the Brad Nailer. The DeWALT Nailers contain a lock-off safety, which is designed to protect users from a potential risk of serious injury caused by the machine driving nails when the user is not expecting it. It has been discovered that the DeWALT DC608 Brad Nailers could eject nails even when the lock-off is in the locked position, and the nailler can operate when the trigger is not pulled and the contact trip is depressed. The nail gun recall involves about 14,000 of the DeWALT DC608 18 Volt Cordless 2 18 Gauge Straight Brad Nailers, with date codes ranging from 200728 through 200821. The code DC608 can be found on the right side of the magazine. The underside of the handle bears the date code, which can be seen when the battery pack is removed.
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DeWALT Cordless Nail Gun Recall

THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, IN COOPERATION WITH THE FIRM NAMED BELOW, TODAY ANNOUNCED A VOLUNTARY RECALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONSUMER PRODUCT. CONSUMERS SHOULD STOP USING RECALLED PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED. NAME OF PRODUCT: DEWALT DC608 CORDLESS BRAD NAILERS UNITS: ABOUT 14,000 MANUFACTURER: DEWALT INDUSTRIAL TOOL CO., OF TOWSON, MD. HAZARD: THE NAILER CAN OPERATE WHEN THE LOCK-OFF (SAFETY) IS IN THE LOCKED POSITION.
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