Kidde, a company from North Carolina that makes smoke detectors has recalled nearly 500,000 of them that might not be able to detect smoke.


Two models are involved including PI2010CA and PI9010CA (model numbers are on back of units) which are Kidde dual-sensor photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms made between Sept. 10, 2016, and Oct. 13, 2017. Kidde products are sold online and at stores like Walmart and Home Depot.

According to Health Canada a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke.  See picture below:


Around 40,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada, and the majority (about 452,000 units) were sold in in the states from Nov. 1, 2016, to Jan. 25, 2018.

Kiddle says that as of March 7, they haven’t received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the defected smoke alarms.

What to Do if You Have One
Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions on how to identify the presence of the yellow sensor cap and request a free replacement smoke alarm if their smoke alarm contains the yellow cap.

They should remove and discard the affected smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm.

Consumers may contact Kidde toll-free at 1-833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 3 p.m., or online.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

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