The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a press release about the recall of Kidde Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms due to risk of a failure to alert consumers to a fire. The models impacted by this recall are the Kidde Dual-Sensor smoke alarms, both photoelectric and ionization types. According to the recall details, a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke. This poses a great risk to consumers of not being alerted if there is a fire in their house.
Details of The Kidde Smoke Alarm Recall
At this time, the models being recalled are the PI2010 and the PI9010. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm, and the model number and date code can be found printed on the back of the unit. Approximately 452,000 of these smoke alarms have been sold in the U.S. They were sold between September 2016 and January 2018 at Menards, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart, on Amazon and at a variety of other home and hardware stores.
Is Your Smoke Alarm Defective?
The recall is urging consumers to remove their smoke alarms from their walls and ceilings to perform a visual inspection. You should look through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Do not attempt to take the alarm apart, open the casing or remove the yellow cap. If a yellow cap is present on your smoke alarm, contact Kidde immediately for instructions and a free replacement smoke alarm. Don’t remove and discard the smoke alarm until you have the new one installed. If your smoke alarm doesn’t have a yellow cap, no further action is necessary.
Defective and Dangerous Smoke Alarms
Currently, there has been at least one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a consumer’s home. Thankfully, no reports of injuries have been reported due to these defective smoke alarms, and the CPSC is hoping to get the word out to consumers about getting these smoke alarms checked and replaced.
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