WASHINGTON– Kidde recalled nearly half a million smoke alarms on Wednesday because of concerns the devices may not alert users to a fire.
These alarms were sold at various stores including:
- Home Depot
- And other department stores
They were sold between September, 2016 and January, 2018, per the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall includes over half a million detectors sold in the United States and Canada.
Consumers are advised to remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling, inspect it for the presence of a yellow cap and immediately contact Kidde if one is located. The potentially defective smoke alarm should only be discarded once a replacement is received and installed.
The recall: This recall includes Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke detectors (models PI2010 and PI9010). There were 452,000 sold in the U.S. and 40,000 in Canada.
The risk: A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the detector’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire.
Incidents/injuries: The firm has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke detector before it was installed. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.
Where and when sold: Menards, Home Depot, Walmart, and other department stores, home stores, and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September ,2016 through January, 2018. They sold for $20 to $40.
The remedy: The CPSC recall notice says consumers should remove a recalled detector from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Don’t attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap.
Contact information: Contact Kidde at 833-551-7739. Or go to kidde.com, where you’ll find detailed instructions for how to identify the recalled models.
Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.