(Source: CPSC website, Recall number: 14-275 dated September 11, 2014).
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kidde United Technologies (Kidde) are announcing a voluntary recall involving Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014. They are hard-wired into a home’s electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries. The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm. Kidde, the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm. “Always On” is also engraved on the front of alarms with sealed 10-year batteries.
According to Kidde, the alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident in the event of a power outage. While power remains out, an affected device will sound if it receives a signal from an alarm in the same interconnected system. Once power is restored, an affected device will sound an alarm regardless of the presence of smoke and/or carbon monoxide
According to the CPSC, consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke/CO alarm and should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms. According to Kidde, the defective alarms were sold at CED, City Electric Supply, HD Supply, Home Depot, Menards Inc. and other retailers, electrical distributors and online at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and shopkidde.com from January 2014 through July 2014 for between $30 and $50.
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From the desk of Adam K. Levin, Esquire.