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Decorative Wall Plates Can Short Circuit Electrical Outlets

wall plateLiberty Hardware is recalling 374,000 decorative metal wall plates because they can dislodge from the backplate and short circuit the outlet, posing a risk of electrical shock or fire. There have been 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 wall plates were sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide and online at,, and from January 2013 through January 2016 for between $5 and $27.  They were sold under allen + roth Linden and Brainerd Ironton brands, and they fit a variety of switch and outlet configurations. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wall plates, remove them and contact Liberty Hardware Manufacturing for a full refund.

Source: CPSC | Liberty Hardware

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