Kidde recalls Dual-Sensor (Photoelectric and Ionization) Smoke Alarms.
There was a recall announced on March 21, 2018 involving Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Directorate, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc. based in North Carolina, USA.
Kidde is recalling almost half a million smoke detectors because a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors, making them unable to properly detect fires.
‘A yellow cap can cover one of the two smoke sensors, which compromises the smoke alarms’ ability to detect smoke.’ the recall states.
‘This recall involves two models (PI2010CA and PI9010CA) of Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms manufactured between September 10, 2016 and October 13, 2017. The model number and date code are located on the back of the unit. The affected smoke alarms have a pill shaped design on the front of the unit. The affected models have a yellow cap visible through the opening on the side of the alarm.’
Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect the unit.
Consumers should check the brand name and look for the unique design of the PI2010CA and PI9010CA smoke alarm.
Consumers should then locate the locking tab on the back of the alarm, turn the alarm on its side and look at the opening closest to the locking tab.
If a yellow cap can be seen in the opening the unit is affected and must be replaced. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves.
If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.
As of March 7, 2018 the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada or the United States. There has been one report from a consumer who identified the yellow protective cap before installing the smoke alarm.
Approximately 40,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada and approximately 452,000 units were sold in the United States.
The recalled products were sold from November 1, 2016 to January 25, 2018 and was manufactured in China.
What you should do.
Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions on how to identify the presence of the yellow sensor cap and request a free replacement smoke alarm if their smoke alarm contains the yellow cap. They should remove and discard the affected smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm.
Consumers may contact Kidde toll-free at 1-833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., or online.
Consumers may view the release by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on the Commission’s website. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Kidde-Recalls-Dual-Sensor-Smoke-Alarms-Due-to-Risk-of-Failure-to-Alert-Consumers-to-a-Fire
The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.
Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form located here:
This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. https://globalrecalls.oecd.org/Search.aspx?lang=en
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