Mirka has extended the recent recall of their random orbital sanders to about 574 in the U.S. and 21 in Canada. About 440 in the U.S. and 85 in Canada were previously recalled in June 2014.
When in use, the sander can short circuit, which poses a fire hazard. Mirka Abrasives has already received five reports of electrical shorting incidents, during which the sanders sparked and and began smoking. No injuries or property damage have been reported yet, but customers should stop using and unplug the sanders, and contact Mirka Abrasives for a free replacement.
This recall involves 5-inch and 6-inch Mirka CEROS compact electric random orbital sanders. The sanders are yellow and black with Mirka logo on the front. A speed control lever is on the top of the sanders and a vacuum hose connector on the rear. The recalled sanders came with either a cardboard box or a plastic carrying case, a 12-foot power cord, a wrench, a multi-hole backup pad and assorted abrasives. Some also came with a DC transformer. The 5-inch sander is model CEROS550. The 6-inch sander is model CEROS650. Model information is on a white sticker on the back of the sander housing beneath the hand grip. Serial numbers are engraved on the side of the sander housing just above the dust shroud. Sanders with serial numbers in the following ranges are being recalled:
Serial Number Range
345231326001 to 345231326023
345331326001 to 345331326025
401528672001 to 401528672080
402228672001 to 402228672016
401428673001 to 401428673070
401528673001 to 401528673026
Also being recalled in the U.S. only: Sander models CEROS550, CEROS650, and 6-inch sander model CEROS680 that were sent to the Mirka Authorized Repair Center between February 24, 2014 and December 16, 2014 to receive a new speed controller. Mirka is directly contacting U.S. consumers with sanders that were sent to the repair center and have serial numbers in the following ranges:
Serial Number Range
241328672025 to 417528672091
CNM25465 to VUU35621
334328673009 to 401428673070
CNM25731 to VVU66448
CLA47198 to VLA38835
The serial numbers are engraved on the side of the sander housing just above the dust shroud or on a white label on the back of the sander housing beneath the grip.
The defective sanders were purchased from various distributors and independent retailers nationwide and at Amazon.com, Beavertools.com and other online retailers from March to November 2014 for about $500.
Mirka Abrasives, Inc. of Twinsburg, Ohio.
Mirka Abrasives at (800) 843-3904 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.mirka-usa.com and click on Recall for more information.