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Over 31,000 Elkay and Halsey Taylor water coolers and bottle filling stations have been recalled because internal screws that secure the grounding wire can break and allowing the wire to become loose, posing a shock hazard.
The company has received 362 reports of broken screws being found in units prior to installation, but no injuries have been reported, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall number 18-085.
Over 28 Elkay and 14 Halsey Taylor models are included in the recall. The brand is identified on the front of the units with a nameplate or embossing, and the affected serial numbers begin with the numbers 1704, 1705 or 1706. The recalled units were sold between May 2017 and June 2017.
Facility managers affected by the recall are directed to stop using the water coolers and bottle filling stations, and unplug the units. Facility managers can reach out to Elkay for a free repair kit, which includes replacement screws and instructions. "If the owner is unable to make the repair, Elkay will send out a technician, at Elkay’s expense, to repair the unit(s) at the unit’s location," according to the manufacturer.
This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor, Building Operating Management. Go here for other recent recall notices.