Kiddie recalls 450K smoke detectors that might not detect smoke

Washington D.C- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with Kiddie, INC is recalling approximately 452,000 smoke detectors due to the fact a built-in covers could block the smoke detectors ability to detect smoke.

The affected Kiddie dual-sensor smoke alarms are models PI2010 and PI9010 with the date code 2016 Sept.10 through 2017 Oct. 13 on the back.

Model Date Code
PI9010 (DC/battery powered) 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13
PI2010 (AC/hardwired) 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

The commission states the consumer should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the side to see if a “yellow cap” is present inside the equipment. Consumers should not attempt to remove the cap and if present should contact Kiddie to receive instructions on how to return and receive a replacement product.  If a yellow cap is not present then your smoke alarm is not affected by this recall.

Kiddie has received one report of the cap being present; however there have been no reports of injury or incidents involving this particular model.

These affected models were sold 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.

According to the website the PI2010 model complies with the new Maryland Smoke Detector Law that requires all smoke detectors to have a 10 year, sealed battery.  The PI9010 is a AC powered model according to the website and recall.

Recall details:

Name of product:
Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010
Hazard:

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.

Remedy:
Replace
Recall date:
March 21, 2018
Units:
About 452,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 40,000 were sold in Canada.)
Consumer Contact:

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.

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