Fire safety product maker, Kidde, has recalled nearly 500,000 smoke alarms that are believed to be faulty.
Alarms in the U.S. and Canada have been issued the recall after a discovery was made regarding a prominent component of the alarm being overlooked.
The recalled alarms have a yellow cap over the alarm sensor. It should have been taken off but during production, it was left on. The sensor absolutely needs to be open to detect smoke.
This unfortunate mishap was discovered during installation in a home when the installer noticed the yellow cap. The installer knew that if there was one alarm that was overlooked, there could be many others. He immediately shared the news with the company and the recall was issued.
So far, there hasn’t been any accidents or injuries. The company is hoping to recall all affected models. The models are:
If you have a Kidde smoke alarm in the model listed above, check the date. If the date code on the back of the alarm falls between September 10, 2016, and October 13, 2017, your model is affected.
Kidde warned in an alert through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by sharing what to do in that case of owning an affected model. Kidde said, “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.”
Kidde continued, "If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm," the company said. "They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If there is no yellow cap, if there's no yellow cap, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed."