If you purchased one of DeWalt's 12-inch sliding compound miter saws between 2019 and 2022, it may be affected by a Consumer Products Safety Commission safety recall due to problems with the rear safety guard assembly. DeWalt has received 571 reports of some of the components in the assembly breaking or detaching, in some cases causing laceration injuries.
The recall involves DeWalt Models DWS779, DWS780 and DHS790 Miter Saws with date codes 2019 04 through 2022 04. For the DWS779 and DWS780 models, the date codes are marked on the black plastic motor end cap adjacent to the name plate. For the DHS790 model, the date code is marked on the outside of the plastic yellow housing adjacent to the batteries. Only saws without a green dot on the name plate or a black dot on the arm of the saw are included in this recall. If you have one of the affected saws, the CPSC recommends that you stop using it and contact DeWalt for details on how to receive a free repair kit, or take the saw to a DeWalt service center for a free repair, though DeWalt is also attempting to directly contact all known purchasers. The recall affects 1,364,000 units sold in the U.S., and another 118,600 sold in Canada.
You can contact DeWalt at 800-990-6421 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at https://www.dewalt.com/miter-saw-recall or at www.dewalt.com and click on Support then Safety Notices and Recalls for more information.