Recall: Kidde Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms May Fail After Power Loss

Recall: Kidde Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms May Fail After Power Loss
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September 11, 2014

Kidde is recalling certain hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms because they may fail to work after a power outage.

The alarms, which are hard-wired to a home's electrical system, have a battery backup, but may fail to work properly after a power outage. Residents may not be alerted to a fire or a carbon monoxide leak.

More than 1.3 million alarms in the U.S. and Canada are affected by the recall.

Owners should immediately contact the company for a free replacement, but should continue to use the recalled models until the new ones are installed.

This recall involves the following models:
-Smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014
-Combination smoke/CO alarm model il2010SCO with manufacture dates between Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014
-Combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.

The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries.

The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm. Kidde, the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm. 'Always On' is also engraved on the front of alarms with sealed 10-year batteries.

The alarms were sold at CED, City Electric Supply, HD Supply, Home Depot, Menards Inc. and other retailers, electrical distributors and online from January 2014 through July 2014 for between $30 and $50.

Kidde can be contacted by phone at (844) 553-9011.