Kidde Alarms Recalled

WASHINGTON– Kidde recalled nearly half a million smoke alarms on Wednesday because of concerns the devices may not alert users to a fire.


These alarms were sold at various stores including:

  • Menards
  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • And other department stores

They were sold between September, 2016 and January, 2018, per  the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall includes over half a million detectors sold in the United States and Canada.

Consumers are advised to remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling, inspect it for the presence of a yellow cap and immediately contact Kidde if one is located. The potentially defective smoke alarm should only be discarded once a replacement is received and installed.

The recall: This recall includes Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke detectors (models PI2010 and PI9010). There were 452,000 sold in the U.S. and 40,000 in Canada.

The risk: A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the detector’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire.

Incidents/injuries: The firm has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke detector before it was installed. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.

Where and when sold: Menards, Home Depot, Walmart, and other department stores, home stores, and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September ,2016 through January, 2018. They sold for $20 to $40.

The remedy: The CPSC recall notice says consumers should remove a recalled detector from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Don’t attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap.

Contact information: Contact Kidde at 833-551-7739. Or go to kidde.com, where you’ll find detailed instructions for how to identify the recalled models.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.

 There are no reported injuries tied to these alarms. The recall comes four months after 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers were recalled. At the time, the consumer product agency stated the extinguishers can get clogged and might not work.


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