Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Recalled
Nearly everyone has a smoke and/or a carbon monoxide alarm in their home, because having these devices makes a home safer and more secure for you and your family. You depend on these devices to keep everyone safer in the case of a fire or a release of carbon monoxide.
According to an announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), last week, the Kidde Company issued a voluntary recall of nearly 1.2 million hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, because the company found out during an internal check that the alarms could fail to do what they were supposed to do, which is alert members of the household of a fire or carbon monoxide release, if there was a power outage. To date, the CPSC says there have been no reports of injuries or deaths related to this failure.
The alarms that are subject to recall are white, circular, and they measure about 5-6 inches in diameter. They have the name of the company, Kidde, engraved on the front of the alarm. The specific models that are being recalled include:
- Smoke alarm i12010S, which were manufactured between Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014;
- Combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm model il2010SCO, which were manufactured between Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014;
- Combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm model KN-COSM-IBA, which were manufactured between Oct. 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.
Consumers can find the model number and the dates of manufacture printed on the back of the alarm. The affected alarms were sold from January through July 2014 at a number of retail outlets, including Home Depot, as well as online, at the Home Depot website, as well as the Amazon and Kidde company websites. They sold for between $30 and $50.
Those consumers who purchased one of the recalled models are asked to contact Kidde, to be provided with a free replacement. However, they are being advised to continue using the recalled alarms until they can have the replacements installed.
If you have one of the smoke or carbon monoxide detectors/alarms in your home, follow the instructions of the recall and have it replaced as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has been injured or has died, or if you have sustained significant property damage as a result of using this or any other defective product, please contact the experienced and knowledgeable Texas Defective Product Lawyers at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, so we can help you protect your rights.