Metal Wall Plates Recalled by Liberty Hardware Due to Shock, Fire Risk

Metal Wall Plates Recalled by Liberty Hardware Due to Shock, Fire Risk
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March 8, 2016

Liberty Hardware is issuing a recall for its decorative metal wall plates. The affected items can dislodge from the backplate and short circuit the outlet, posing a risk of electrical shock or fire to consumers.

The company has received two reports of short circuits when the decorative plate dislodged from the back plate and touched an energized, partially released plug. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled items have two plates that are attached by hidden fasteners. The first is a backplate that screws into the wall like a traditional wall plates and the second is a decorative cover that snaps over the cover through use of spring clips. The recalled plates have a smooth, metallic finish and fit a variety of switch and outlet designs.

The recalled decorative wall plates snap onto the backplate without the use of screws. Under the decorative plate, the backplate is stamped with the letters LHMC.

The recalled items could be purchased at Lowe's Home Improvement stores nationwide and online through various retailers. The product was sold from January 2013 to January 2016 for between $5 and $27.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wall plates, remove them and contact Liberty Hardware Manufacturing for a full refund.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Liberty Hardware at (844) 811-4541.