Blocked sensor prompts recall of 452000 Kidde smoke alarms

Kidde recalls thousands of alarms that could fail to detect smoke

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

Models PI2010 and PI9010 are being recalled.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is encouraging people who have fitted their own smoke alarms to consider if they have been placed in the right area and if they need more.

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If your unit is affected, please continue and register for a replacement.

No smoke alarms installed by Sioux City Fire Rescue are involved with the recall. The U.S. agency advises not to take them apart or remove the yellow cap themselves, but to contact the company at 833-551-7739 for a free non-recalled replacement.

The recalled Kidde smoke alarms were sold at Menards, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide; and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other websites from September 2016 through January of this year for between $20 and $40.

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That cap, seen through a slit in the edge of the units, covers one of the two smoke sensors and can compromise the unit's effectiveness.

Those with these affected smoke alarms to urged to remove them and visually inspect them for the presence of the aforementioned yellow cap. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a cap being present have been reported.

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