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Dual sensor smoke alarms are being recalled by Kidde because alarms could fail

Smoke AlarmKidde is recalling about 452,000 photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms in the United States and about 40,000 in Canada.

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, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.

The firm has received one report of the yellow protective cap being inside a smoke alarm before it was installed in a consumer’s home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a cap being left in the smoke alarm have been reported.

This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back.

The alarms were sold at Menards, Home Depot, Walmart, and other department, home, and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018. The cost was between $20 and $40.

Model

Date Code

PI9010 – DC/battery powered

2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

PI2010 – AC/hardwired)

2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling and look through the opening on the side of the alarm to see if there’s a yellow cap. Consumers shouldn’t try to take the alarm apart, open the casing, or attempt to remove the cap themselves. If the alarm has a yellow cap, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If the alarm has no yellow cap, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

For more information, call Kidde at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday or visit www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall.”

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

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