Recalled Kidde dual sensor smoke alarm

Breaking Story: Last Updated March 29, 2018. 

On March 21, 2018, Kidde recalled nearly half a million dual sensor smoke alarms due to a compromised ability to detect the presence of smoke.  A yellow protective cap was left on one of the two smoke sensors in recalled products.  Read on to see if your detector is affected, and what to do to claim your free replacement unit.

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When and where were the units sold?

Recalled units were sold by Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart, and other department and hardware stores across the United States and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and several other websites between September 2016 and January 2018 for a $20-$40 average retail price.

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How do I know if my smoke alarm is protecting me?

Use the following identification infographic published by Kidde.com:

 

What do I do if my smoke alarm is recalled?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Division, “Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, the consumer 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 no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.”

For more information, and to submit your registration for a detector replacement, please visit this website.  Be sure to have a camera ready to submit photos of the defective unit.

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