Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
Announces Masonry Drill Bits Lack Safety Warning
June 9, 2006
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission and Robert Bosch Tool Corporation have
issued a Public Safety Notice for Vermont American®
13-inch-Long Masonry Drill Bits.
The drill bit packages
are not properly labeled with precautionary information
on proper use and operation. These and other manufacturers'
13-inch bits can bend when run at a high speed
without being in contact with a work surface,
resulting in loss of control of the drill and
possible lacerations. The safety label should
"! WARNING Read, understand
and comply with tool manual before use. Wear eye
protection. Max operating speed 600 RPM. At higher
speeds the bit is likely to bend if allowed to
rotate freely without contacting the work. Start
drilling at low RPM and with bit tip in contact
with work. To avoid bit bowing - Apply pressure
only in direct line with bit and do not apply
excessive pressure. Bits can bind causing breakage
or loss of control. Do not use in hammer drills
or in drill press."
Bosch Tool Corp. has received one report of a
minor injury. About 700,000 units were sold.
The drill bits are 1/4-inch by 13-inches
long, 5/16-inch by 13-inches long, 3/8-inch by
13-inches long, and 1/2-inch by 13-inches long.
They were sold separately as accessories under
the “Vermont American” brand name
under catalog numbers: 14044, 14045, 14046, and
They were sold at hardware stores
and home centers from January 2001 through April
Consumers should make sure that
13-inch masonry drill bits are in contact with
a work surface at all times while operating the
drill. Consumers with these drill bits that are
missing the safety instructions should contact
Vermont American Customer Service to obtain safety
warning information. Call Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
at (800) 742-3869 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT