FBTX ~ More than 450,000 smoke detectors from a North Carolina-based company have been recalled because of a manufacturer defect that could prevent them from actually detecting smoke.
Kidde issued a recall for models PI2010 and PI9010. Model numbers are on the back of the units. They were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Here is the full explanation of the problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: "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, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home."
Kidde wants consumers to take down the smoke alarm and look through the side opening. Customers who see a yellow cap shouldn't try to take the alarm apart or do repair. They should contact Kidde to request a free replacement smoke alarm, but toss the current smoke alarm only after getting the replacement. If anyone has an affected smoke alarm, they can register for a replacement at: kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com. Residents can also call 833.551.7739.
Anyone needing assistance with mounting a new smoke alarm can contact the Farmers Branch Fire Prevention Division at 972.919.2640.