Kidde recalls smoke alarms for sensor failure

Courtesy CPSC

Federal safety regulators are warning that thousands of Kidde smoke alarms may not alert people if there is a fire in their home.

According to a release, a protective yellow cap was left on during the manufacturing process that can cover one of the two smoke sensors affecting the alarm's ability to detect smoke.

Smoke alarm manufacturer Kidde recalled almost half a million smoke alarms on Wednesday because they could malfunction during a fire.

People with a Kidde smoke detector are advised to remove the device and look through an opening on the side of the alarm to see if the 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 PI2010 model is AC-powered and the PI9010 is battery-powered. 10 through 2017 October 13.

If a yellow cap is present, consumers should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm.

If the yellow cap is not present, the smoke alarm is safe to reinstall and continue to use without restriction.

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