Products Liability Law Daily 1.4M garbage disposal switches recalled for fire hazard
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1.4M garbage disposal switches recalled for fire hazard

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

InSinkErator, of Racine, Wisconsin, has recalled around 1,400,000 InSinkErator Single Outlet SinkTop Switches because water can get into the power module, posing a fire hazard. An additional 28 switches were sold in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 18-116, March 6, 2018).

Incidents and injuries. InSinkErator has received 40 reports of water causing overheating damage to the power module and outlet beneath the sink. No injuries have been reported.

Product description. This recall involves InSinkErator Single Outlet SinkTop Switches. The air-activated switch mounts to the sink or countertop and is an alternative to the traditional wall switch for a garbage disposal. The model numbers are 76703, STS-SOSN, 78251, and 74300, and can be found on the back of the power module. "InSinkErator" is written on the front of the power module. The switches were sold with a chrome, white, or satin nickel button/bezel as an accessory for garbage disposals. Garbage disposals activated by a wall switch are not affected by this recall.

These switches, which were manufactured in the United States, were sold between 2005 and October 2017 at home improvement stores, online websites, and through plumbing contractors and outlets for between about $50 and $90.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the recalled switches immediately and contact InSinkErator for a free SinkTop switch replacement.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact InSinkErator toll-free at 855-215-5695 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; online at www.insinkerator.com and click on "Safety Notice;" or at insinkeratorsafetynotice.expertinquiry.com.

Companies: InSinkErator; Tecmark

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