Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Home Depot Touchless Faucets

Lota Home Depot Touchless Faucet
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September 10, 2015

Several touchless faucets sold exclusively at Home Depot are being recalled due to a fire hazard.

Five models of Glacier Bay and Schon kitchen faucets are listed in the voluntary recall announced by importer Lota USA. In the affected models, the battery box used to power the faucet's sensor can short circuit, overheat or melt, which poses fire and burn hazards to users. Approximately 4,500 faucets are included in the recall.

These products allow the user to waive a hand in front of a sensor to start and stop the flow of water, a pull-down sprayer head with a white LED light and a single handle to manually turn the water on and off. The touchless feature is powered by four 1.5V batteries installed into a battery box connected to the faucet. The model number and the manufacturing date are printed on the faucet's black piping that connects the faucet to the kitchen's water pipe under the sink.

For a list of affected model numbers and manufacturing dates, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.

These Glacier Bay and Schon products were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and online from March 2015 through May 2015 for about $225.

The firm has received six incident reports, including one report of a fire in the box and one report of a burn to a consumer's thumb.

Owners should immediately unplug and remove batteries from the faucet's battery box and contact Lota USA for a replacement battery box for the faucet. Customers with further questions can contact Lota at (877) 580-5682.

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