On March 6, 2018, InSinkErator voluntarily recalled 1.4 million Single Outlet SinkTop Air Switches due to Fire Hazard. The company has received 40 reports of "overheating caused by water leaking into the Single Outlet SinkTop switch’s electrical power module, creating a short circuit hazard". This damages the power module and electrical outlet inside the sink base cabinet, causing a Fire Hazard.
No injuries have been reported. The switches are manufactured by Emerson.
Between 2005 and October 2017 1.4 million switches were sold in the US. An additional 28 units were sold in Canada between February and October 2017. They were purchased through home improvement stores, online websites and plumbing suppliers. The recalled switches were sold with a chrome, white and satin nickel finish on the button/bezel.
The air activated switch mounts to the sink or countertop as an alternative to a traditional wall switch. Garbage disposals activated by a wall switch and dual outlet SinkTop switches are not included in this recall.
Recalled Air Switch model numbers: 76703, STS-SOSN, 78251 and 74300.
You can check your model number by unplugging the unit from the electrical outlet and looking on the back of the power module. “InSinkErator” logo is on the front of the power module. If your model number matches one of those listed above leave the power module unplugged from the electrical outlet and see the instructions below.
To register your unit and confirm it is included in the recall, visit the InSinkErator Safety Notice website. If you need to register more than 3 products, call 855-215-5695 to speak to a representative 8am-5pm ET Monday through Friday.
InSinkErator is working with customers to provide replacement kits. The Dual Outlet SinkTop Switch being provided with the replacement kit features upgraded seals and other improvements to protect against overheating caused by water. "Even though the product is not intended to be exposed to water, InSinkErator has elected to provide replacement SinkTop switch kits that are better able to withstand accidental exposure to water."
Read the Press Release here.
Read the FAQ here.
Watch the Replacement Installation Instructions here.