Ryobi branded 1/4 sheet sanders with model number S651D have been recalled. If you have one of the pictured sanders, stop using it and contact Ryobi’s parent company One World Technologies for a free replacement sander.
Apparently pieces of an internal fan can break off from the fan assembly and be ejected from the sander, posing a laceration hazard. There have been 31 reported cases of broken fan pieces being ejected from the sander, with 2 minor injuries reported.
These sanders were sold from June 2005 through August 2010 at several retailers.
More Info(via CPSC)
This post was first published May 9th, 2011, and republished on July 13th, 2018.
Additional Commentary – Added July 2018
We have heard from several new readers over the past few years, as well as lawyers seeking expert witnesses or to counsel injured parties.
If you have been injured by the tool (I am sorry to hear that), there’s a “report an incident involving this product” link on the CPSC recall page (linked above). I am not in any position to offer any information or advice beyond that.
This tool recall post has been republished to spread awareness, in case any readers still own one of the affected sander.
I was told there have been serious eye injuries resulting from use and failure of the recalled sander. That is extremely unfortunate, and prompts me to urge you to please wear safety glasses or goggles when using power tools!!