Recall: Combination Smoke/CO Alarms
On 2016-11-10, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Combination Smoke/CO Alarms due to a potential Failure to Protect hazard. This product sold new beginning in June 2004 for about $40 to $65.
About 4 million units are involved in this Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. alarms recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Fire, Smoke & CO Alarms category in 2016.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 7 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working. This poses a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire or CO incident in their home.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarm with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010. The alarms are hard-wired into a home's electric power. The unit has a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9V backup battery. The alarm is white, round and measures about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. "Kidde" is engraved on the front of the alarm. "Kidde," the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back on the alarm.
These items were sold new+ at Electrical distributors and home centers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2010 for between $40 and $65.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled alarms and contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.
Kidde toll-free at 855-239-0490 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Notice" for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Kidde has received eight reports of incidents with the recalled alarms. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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