CPSC: Kidde Dual-sensor (photoelectric and Ionization) Smoke Alarms
On 2018-03-21, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a cpsc regarding Kidde Dual-sensor (photoelectric and Ionization) Smoke Alarms due to a potential Failure to Protect hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2016 for about $20 to $40.
About 500,000 units are involved in this Kidde smoke alarm 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 2018.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 7 million product units.
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What is the problem?
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.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. "KIDDE" is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.
|PI9010 (DC/battery powered)||2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13|
|PI2010 (AC/hardwired)||2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13|
These items were sold new+ at Menards, The 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 for between $20 and $40.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.
Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Recall" for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a consumer's home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present 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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