I purchased this item in June 2014. Fast forward to October 2015, the lid no longer works. We have to use it manually now. Luckily I had a rewards card I used to purchase this item and the small trash can works fine. We hardly use the smaller trash can though, would have preferred if a lid didn't work, it would have been the small trash can vs. the kitchen trash can.
I love this product. Easy to use, very helpful if you have your hands full and want to dispose of trash. Also, previously I had very large trash can in kitchen and so didn't take out often creating odor at times and heavy lifting. This motion sensor can limits my trash to a size which is best for me.