According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (link no longer available 08/2019), nearly half a million smoke alarms are being recalled due to a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.
Name of the Product: Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms models PI2010 and PI9010.
Hazard: A yellow cap was possibly left on during the manufacturing process. This can cover one (or two) of the sensors on the device - comprimising it's ability to detect smoke - and it's ability to alert consumers to a fire in their home.
Consumers are asked to remove their devices from their wall or ceiling and inspect it for a yellow cap (see picture - thanks to Consumer Product Safety Commission).
If a yellow cap is located, don't take the device apart. Instead, contact Kidde for a replacement.
(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.)
If no yellow cap is present, you can reinstall your smoke alarm and no other action is required.
You can find the model number and date code of your smoke alarm by examining the back of your unit.
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