Kidde has recalled half a million smoke detectors due to a manufacturing flaw that can hamper the devices’ ability to detect smoke.
According to FOX 6 Now, the recall involves Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ioniazation) smoke alarms with model numbers PI2010 and PI9010.
Reports indicate a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors, hampering the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke. This creates a significant risk of consumers as they may not be alerted to a fire in their home.
About 452,000 of the defective smoke detectors were sold in the United States and another 40,000 were sold in Canada.
The recalled units were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart, and other department, home, and hardware stores nationwide. The products were also sold online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018.
Individual smoke detectors were sold for between $20 and $40.
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