More than 1.4 million counter top garbage disposal switches are being recalled, due to a risk that water may to enter the power module, posing a shock or fire hazard in homes nationwide.
The InSinkErator Single Outlet SinkTop recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 6, after the manufacturer received at least 40 reports of water causing overheating damage to the power module and outlet beneath the sink.
The air activated switches mount to the sink or countertop, and are sold as an alternative to the traditional wall switch for a garbage disposal. However, the switches have been found to allow water to enter into the electrical components of the devices which may cause an electrical short.
The recall affects InSinkErator Single Outlet SinkTop garbage disposal switches, which were sold with the model numbers 76703, STS-SOSN, 78251 and 74300 printed on the back of the power module. The counter buttons were sold with a chrome, white, or satin nickel button as an accessory for garbage disposals.
According to the CPSC, the garbage disposals sold along with the recalled sink top switches are not included in the recall. An estimated 1.4 million recall sink top switches were distributed for sale throughout the Unites States, and another 28 were sold in Canada.
The recalled devices were manufactured in the United States under Tecmark, of Mentor, Ohio. They were distributed by InSinkErator of Racine, Wisconsin from 2005 and October 2017 to home improvement stores, online websites and trough plumbing contractors and outlets for between $50 and $90.
Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled sink top switches immediately and to contact InSinkErator toll free at 855-215-5695 or visit them online at www.insinkerator.com and navigate to the “Safety Notice” link for information on how to receive a free sink top switch replacement.