Kidde recalls 2 smoke alarm models

Glen Mclaughlin
March 22, 2018

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue were called out to house fires 313 times between April and December 2017 and out of these incidents, 12 per cent had no smoke alarm fitted and 25 per cent had smoke alarms that didn't activate - because they were either not in the right place or the batteries were flat.

The recall involves Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms - models PI2010 and PI9010 - sold between September 2016 and January 2018 at Walmart, Menard's, The Home Depot, Amazon.com and other retailers nationwide. The recall warns that the alarm may not alert consumers of a fire.

About 452,000 Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the USA and another 40,000 sold in Canada may be defective, the warning states.

According to a release, a protective yellow cap was left on during the manufacturing process that can cover one of the two smoke sensors affecting the alarm's ability to detect smoke.

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If you have one of these alarms, contact Kidde toll-free at 1-833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on weekends. Customers who see a yellow cap shouldn't try to take the alarm apart or do fix.

No smoke alarms installed by Sioux City Fire Rescue are involved with the recall.

The commission said people should remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling and inspect it through the opening on the side for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers can also go online to www.kidde.com and click "Product Safety Recall" and request a free replacement.

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