Walter Kidde Portable Equipment, in conjunction with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a monumental recall of about 1.2 million smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The recalled alarms may fail to sound during a fire or a CO incident, which prompted the recall.
According to the CPSC, the recalled Kidde residential smoke alarms, model i12010S, were manufactured between the dates of Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014. The recalled combination smoke/CO alarms, model il2010SCO, were manufactured between the dates of Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014. Lastly, the combination smoke/CO alarms with model number KN-COSM-IBA were manufactured between the dates of Oct. 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.
The recalled detectors required hard-wiring into the home’s main electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO models came with sealed 10-year batteries, while the KN-COSM-IBA model had a compartment for replacement AA backup batteries. Measuring at about 5-6 inches in diameter, the recalled alarms featured the model and manufactured dates along the back of the alarm. Kidde, the name of the alarm’s importer, and “Always On” are engraved on the front of the alarms.
From January 2014 through July 2014, the recalled smoke/CO alarms were sold for between $30 and $50 at stores including CED, City Electric Supply, HD Supply, Home Depot, Menards Inc. and other retailers and electrical distributors. The products were also available online through Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and ShopKidde.com.
Before the recall was announced, Kidde nor CPSC received no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of the defective alarms.
Consumers who have identified the recalled smoke/CO detectors in their home should contact Kidde for a free replacement alarm immediately. Until the replacement alarms are installed, Kidde suggests that consumers continue to use the recalled alarms.
For more information on this recall and how to obtain your free replacement alarm, contact Kidde toll-free at 844-553-9011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidde.com and click on Recalls for more information.