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CPSC issues recall on spotlights and sanders

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Black & Decker, announced the voluntary recall of the Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders.

The recall affects approximately 192,000 units.

According to the release, the black plastic disc (called the platen) that holds the sandpaper can fly off or break apart during use, and the disc, or pieces of the disc, can hit the user or those nearby, posing a laceration hazard.

Black & Decker has received 73 reports of incidents involving the platen breaking or falling apart, including 15 reports of injuries from flying pieces, one of which involved a serious facial laceration.

Also in cooperation with Innovage, the CPSC has announced the voluntary recall of its FIXIT One Million Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlights.

The recall affects approximately 1.4 million spotlights.

According to the release, the spotlight’s charging adapter can overcharge the battery, forcing it to rupture and leak battery acid. This poses a chemical burn hazard to consumers. The firm said it received 13 reports of incidents involving minor skin chemical burns and battery acid burn holes in upholstery, clothing and carpeting.

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True Value launches home design contest

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Chicago-based True Value announced it is hosting a new design contest with “Design SOS: Friends to the Rescue,” aimed at providing $2,500 at a local True Value to complete overdue design updates.

“Everyone has that one design-challenged friend who can’t seem to part with their retro wood paneling, dated floral wallpaper or sea foam green carpet. But friends shouldn’t let friends live with disastrous design,” the company said in a release.

True Value will accept applications from Sept. 2 to Oct. 7 on startrightstarthere.com. Applicants must submit a short entry and brief video or photos that show why a friend — or even they — needs a design intervention.

Winners will be voted on Oct. 22 and announced mid-November. On top of the shopping money, the winner will receive help from one of True Value’s “masters of all things hardwarian.”

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Michigan hardware store celebrates 150 years

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Holland, Mich., Do it Best retailer Graafschap Hardware recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

The original store was opened in 1860 by A. H. Brink in what is now an antique shop. Seven generations later, Harlan Lubbers operates the current location, which the business moved to in 1986.

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