The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for KIDDE dual sensor smoke alarms, after concerns that the detectors won’t properly alert people in the event of a fire.
There were 452,000 alarms sold in the U.S. and another 40,000 in Canada.
The alarms were sold at numerous department stores including Home Depot, Walmart and online on amazon.com from September 2016 to January 2018.
According to CPSC, a yellow cap left on during manufacturing can cover one of the alarm’s two smoke sensors, ultimately compromising its ability to detect smoke.
The model numbers for the smoke alarms impacted are PI9010 and PI2010.
Consumers can check their smoke detectors by removing the alarm and visually inspecting it through the opening on the side to see if there is a yellow cap. If there is a yellow cap, then Kidda should be contacted. If there isn’t a yellow cap them the alarm can be reinstalled.
Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms | Consumer Product Safety Commission