Lota USA has recently announced a recall for about 4,500 units of its touchless kitchen faucets as it is believed that the said faucets pose a serious fire hazard. This is because the battery box that powers the faucet’s sensor can possibly short circuit overheat and even melt, which can cause fire and burn injuries. Prior to the recall, Lota has already received as much as six reports of overheating, melting and/or smoking battery boxes, one of which already caused a burn in a customer’s thumb.
Lota USA kitchen faucet products affected by the recall include the Glacier Bay and Schӧn brands. Both brands feature touchless faucets that are equipped with sensors, which start and stop the flow of water with a wave of then hand. This touchless feature is actually powered by four 1.5V batteries that were installed in the battery box, which has been connected to the faucets. Meanwhile, there is also a single handle that allows the faucet to be turned on and off. Moreover, some models also come with a pull-down sprayer head.
The recalled Glacier Bay and Schön touchless kitchen faucets were manufactured between October 29, 2014 and April 14, 2015. Meanwhile, the model numbers affected are 67536-1001, 67536-1027H2 and 67536-1008D2 for Glacier Bay faucets and 67558-0101 as well as 67558-0108D2 for Schön faucets. Both the manufacturing date and model number can be found printed on the faucet’s black piping.
The affected Glacier touchless kitchen faucets were sold in chrome, Mediterranean bronze and stainless steel. Meanwhile, the affected Schön touchless kitchen faucets were sold in chrome and stainless steel. They were sold at Home Depot Stores nationwide and online for an estimated retail price of $225.
Customers are asked to immediately unplug and remove batteries from the battery boxes of the affected faucets before calling Lota USA for replacement battery box.