October 25, 2006
Delta Faucet Co. Recalls Bathtub and Shower Temperature Control Valves Due to Scald Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Name of Product: Universal MultiChoice Valves (used in bathtubs and showers)
Units: About 105,000
Manufacturer: Delta Faucet Co., of Indianapolis, Ind.
Hazard: The device in the valve that limits the amount of hot water that can flow from the shower head or bathtub spout can disengage after being manually set, causing consumers to come in contact with water that is hotter than expected. This poses a risk of scalding injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: Delta Faucet has six reports of incidents with the valve. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The Universal Multichoice Valves were sold under the Delta brand name. The valves are used in bathtubs and showers to regulate the temperature of the water flow. The valves are located inside the shower or bathtub water control knobs.
Sold to: Commercial plumbers and building subcontractors nationwide from March 2006 to May 2006 and in Indiana and Ohio from October 2005 to May 2006. Plumbing packages containing the valve cartridges sold for between $80 and $200 and separate replacement valve cartridges were sold for about $30.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should exercise caution when adjusting the temperature on faucets with these valves as water may come out hotter than expected. Delta is contacting consumers with the recalled valves to provide them with a free upgrade kit. Consumers should always test the water temperature before entering a tub or shower. Contact Delta Faucet if you do not receive an upgrade kit.
Consumer Contact: Consumers can contact Delta Faucet at (800) 336-6696 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, or visit the company's Web site at www.deltafaucet.com
Valve Cartridge Before the Corrective Upgrade
Valve Cartridge with Corrective Upgrade Installed
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