More than one million Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are being recalled as they could fail to alert consumers of a fire or carbon monoxide incident following a power outage.
According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, the resident smoke alarm model i12010S and the combination models KN-COSM-IBA and i12010SCO were manufactured between Dec. 2013 and May 2014. The alarms are hard wired into the homes electric power while the combination models typically come with a sealed 10 year battery inside.
The alarm will go off if it receives a signal from an alarm in the same interconnected system while the power remains out. However, once power is restored, the device could sound an alarm regardless or the presence of smoke or CO.
Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement, but should keep using the recalled alarms until they install the new replacement alarm. The devices were sold in Home Depot, Menards Inc., on Amazon.com, and many other websites. Consumers will find the model number and date of manufacture at the bottom of the alarm.
If you believe your alarm may be faulty, be aware of the following symptoms associated with exposure to carbon monoxide:
- Chest pain
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