Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Kidde recalls almost 452000 dual smoke detectors

Kidde recalls almost 452000 dual smoke detectors

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says a yellow cap left on during manufacturing can cover one of the smoke sensors. Customers who see a yellow cap shouldn't try to take the alarm apart or do fix.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling almost half a million Kidde smoke detectors, saying they could fail to work in the event of a fire.

But you should not attempt to take apart the alarm or remove the cap.

Consumers should inspect their smoke alarm to see if a yellow cap is present.

The affected alarms were sold at Walmart, the Home Depot, Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other stores and retail websites nationwide between September 2016 and January 2018.

The recall announced on March 21 also includes about 40,000 smoke alarms sold in Canada. Do not remove and discard the recalled alarm until you have received and installed the replacement. There have been no reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present, officials said.

Immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. Visit www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Recall" for more information.

The cap can compromise the alarm's ability to detect smoke, posing a risk that people may not be alerted to a fire in their home.

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