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Stanley Black & Decker recalls 2.2 million sledgehammers because heads may loosen and detach

Stanley Black & Decker is recalling about 2.2 million DeWALT, Stanley and Craftsman Fiberglass Sledgehammers due to impact injury hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the head of the sledgehammers can loosen prematurely and detach unexpectedly during use, posing an impact injury hazard to the user.

This recall involves certain DeWALT, Stanley FATMAX and Craftsman Fiberglass Sledgehammers. The recalled sledgehammers weigh between 2 and 12 pounds and range between 14” and 36” in length. The DeWALT sledgehammers are yellow and black, the Stanley sledgehammers are yellow and black and the Craftsman sledgehammers are red and black. Each sledgehammer has the brand written on the handle. The model numbers of the DeWALT and Craftsman hammers are marked on the hammer head. Model numbers of the Stanley hammers are located on a sticker on the handle.

Model No. Description
DWHT56141 2lb Fiberglass Drilling Hammer
DWHT56142 3lb Fiberglass Drilling Hammer
DWHT56143 2-1/2 lb Fiberglass Engineering Hammer
DWHT56146 2-1/2 lb Fiberglass Blacksmith Hammer
DWHT56147 4lb Fiberglass Blacksmith Hammer
DWHT56148 4lb Fiberglass Engineering Hammer
DWHT56024 4lb Drilling Sledgehammer – hollow handle
DWHT56025 4lb BS Sledgehammer – hollow handle
DWHT56026 4lb ENG Sledgehammer – hollow handle
DWHT56027 6lb Sledgehammer – hollow handle
DWHT56029 10lb Sledge 36″Hammer – hollow handle
DWHT56030 12lb Sledgehammer – hollow handle
Model No. Description
CMHT54163 4 LB Engineering Hammer
CMHT56006 3 LB Drilling Hammer
CMHT56011 8 LB Sledgehammer
CMHT56019 10 LB Sledgehammer
Model No. Description
FMHT51297 4 LB Engineer Hammer
FMHT51298 4 LB Blacksmith Hammer
FMHT51308 3 LB Drilling Hammer
FMHT56006 3 LB Drilling Hammer
FMHT56008 4 LB Blacksmith Hammer
FMHT56009 4 LB Engineer Hammer
FMHT56010 6 LB FATMAX Sledgehammer
FMHT56011 8 LB FATMAX Sledgehammer
FMHT56019 10 LB FATMAX Sledgehammer

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sledgehammers and contact Stanley Black & Decker for instructions to receive a full refund. Consumers must provide their contact information.

The firm has received 192 reports of the sledgehammer’s head detaching, including two reported injuries to consumers’ face and head.

The sledgehammers were sold at Home Depot, ACE Hardware and other hardware stores nationwide and online at,, and and other online sellers from November 2013 through November 2022 for about between $18 and $26.

Consumers can contact Stanley Black & Decker toll-free at 855-418-3032 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at or at or and click on “Safety Notices and Recalls” for more information.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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