The Vancouver Fire Department has received a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms installed in Vancouver homes have been recalled.
This recall affects Kidde models PI2010 and PI9010. Yellow caps covering one of two smoke sensors in these models may have been left on during the manufacturing process, which will compromise the alarm’s ability to detect smoke.
Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli urges residents who received a smoke alarm from the Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) between September 2016 and March 2018 to 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.
If you find a yellow cap, or are unable to check your smoke alarm, call the VFD at 360-487-7219, and staff will come to your home, check the alarms and replace them if necessary.
If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm. No further action is needed.
About 452,000 models PI2010 and PI9010 were sold in the U.S. and an additional 40,000 in Canada. If the date code printed on the back of the alarm falls between Sept. 10, 2016, and Oct. 13, 2017, the model is affected. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the affected dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) alarms, and the model number and date code are printed on the back.
The product was sold at most big box stores and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide. They were also sold online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.
The CPSC said there have been no reports of injuries because of the malfunctioning product.
For more information regarding the recall, you can visit www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Kidde-Recalls-Dual-Sensor-Smoke-Alarms-Due-to-Risk-of-Failure-to-Alert-Consumers-to-a-Fire, www.kidde.com or call Kidde at 833-551-7739.