After reports of the safety switch becoming overridden, Hitachi Koki U.S.A. has announced a recall of about 25,000 of its Hitachi Koki Pneumatic Nailers. The recalled nailers have the potential to jam up and disabling the safety switch that permits only one nail to fire at a time, thus causing an injury risk.
This recall will affect two separate models of Hitachi Koki 3 ¼ inch strip pneumonic nailers with depth adjustment options. Located on the label attached to the side of the nailers, the affected model numbers are NR83A2(Y) and NR83A3. The end of the handle on the nailer features the serial number which encompasses the nailer’s manufacture date.
Model number NR83A2(Y) contains serial numbers that begin with QD2, QN2 QO2, Q13, Q23, Q33, Q43, Q52, Q53, Q62, Q72, Q82 and Q92. However, model number NR83A3 has serial numbers that start with QD3, QN3, QO3, Q14, Q24, Q34, Q63, Q73, Q83 and Q93. This recall will not encompass units with the letter “R” next to the model number or near the serial number.
Hitachi Koki is unaware of any incidents or injuries resulting from the recalled nailers at this point. The recalled units were manufactured in Taiwan.
Sold for roughly $300, the recalled nailers were sold from May 2012 through May 2014 at independent home improvement and building supply stores nationwide, including online stores such as Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Walmart.com and Grainger.com.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), consumers should contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. for directions on how to return the product for a free repair.
For more information about this recall, contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd. toll-free at 844-666-9469 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.hitachipowertools.com and click on “Safety Notice Recall” for more information.