If you have purchased a new smoke alarm in the last couple of years, you may want to read this. Over 40,000 Kidde smoke detectors are being recalled all over North America after the company discovered a manufacturer malfunction that causes the alarm to fail to detect smoke.
The smoke alarms sold across Canada and the U.S. produced by Kidde applies to dual-sensor models PI2010 and PI9010 sold between September 2016 and January 2018.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission released the recall this week. They describe the hazard as “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.”
Consumers who have purchased this product can visually inspect their own smoke detectors. Viewable from openings in the side, should a yellow cap be present than consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a replacement. Kidde recommends only discarding the recalled alarms after a replacement is installed. If a yellow cap is not present within the detector than no further action is required.
The recalled models were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home, and hardware stores, as well as online at Amazon, ShopKidde.com, and other websites for between $20 and $40.
Consumers can contact Kidde 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.