Kidde Recalls Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure
Approximately 3.6 million alarms are involved in this recall
Kiddie has issued a recall of their NightHawk combination smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms due to the risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire or CO incident in their home. The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven-year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working.
The recall involves Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarms with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010.
The recalled alarms are hard-wired into a home's electric power and the unit has a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9V backup battery. The alarm itself is white, round, and measures about 5 to 6 inches in diameter, and the word Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm. Kidde, the model number, and manufacture date are printed on a label on the back on the alarm.
Approximately 3.6 million alarms, in addition to 1.5 million sold in Canada, were sold at Electrical distributors and home centers nationwide and online from June 2004 through December 2010 for between $40 and $65.
Kidde has received eight reports of incidents with the recalled alarms, to date. Thus far, no injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled alarms and instead contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.
Consumers with any additional questions or concerns about this recall may contact Kidde toll-free at (855) 239-0490.