A recall as been issued for nearly 150,000 garbage disposals sold under popular brand names like Frigidaire, Kenmore, Moen and others, following reports of problems where metal parts were shot out of the disposal, causing a potential impact and laceration hazard for consumers.
The garbage disposal recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 11, 2017, following at least 22 consumer complaints that indicate the disposal projected metal components from the drain while in use, striking three consumers. To date, no injuries have been reported in relation to the recall.
According to the CPSC, consumer complaints have indicated that a metal component may shake loose from within the disposal, causing fragments to come out of the disposal. Several reports have indicated the loosened metal fragments may be thrown out of the disposals with excessive force that could cause serious injury to the face and head.
The recall includes an estimated 148,700 units that were sold throughout the United States and Canada under a variety of different brand names including, Moen, Frigidaire, Kenmore, Barracuda and various others. Anaheim Manufacturing reports an estimated 146,000 recalled garbage disposal units were sold throughout the United States and an additional 2,700 were distributed for sale in Canada.
The recall includes ¾ and one horsepower disposals, which were sold in silver, gray, black and blue colors with the brand names printed on a label. The label with the brand name, model number, and serial number is located on the bottom or side of the disposal. For a full list of the recalled garbage disposals, please visit the recall notice linked above.
The disposals were manufactured in China under Anaheim Manufacturing Company and Moen Inc., of North Olmstead, Ohio. They were sold at Best Buy, HD Supply, Menards and plumbing supply stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Costco.com, Home Depot.com Walmart.com and various other online retailers from December 2015 through March 2017 for between $80 and $370 for the ¾ horsepower models and between $100 and $450 for the one horsepower models.
Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled disposals immediately and to contact Anaheim Manufacturing at 800-628-0797 or visit them online at www.anaheimmfg.com and navigate to the “Product Recalls” for more information.