Kidde Recalls 226,000 Smoke Alarms Because They May Not Alert Consumers to a Fire
Kidde is recalling 226,000 smoke detectors and combination smoke-carbon monoxide alarms because they may not alert consumers to a fire. According to a USA Today news report, this nationwide recall is for Kidde TruSense Smoke Alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms that were sold at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Menards, Amazon and other stores between May 2019 and September 2020.
According to a recall notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of these products. The seven recalled alarm models sold for between $10 and $70. Consumers who have these products at home are urged to contact Kidde immediately for a free replacement alarm. Consumers are also advised to keep using the recalled alarms until they install the replacement alarms.
The recalled units are Kidde Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070 Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms. Only alarms with the TruSense logo or “AMBER=FAULT” printed on the front of the alarm are included in this recall. The model number is printed on the back of the alarm.
Kidde also has a guide on how to identify the affected models and to complete the recall at kiddetsalarmrecall.rsvpcomm.com. In order to submit a claim, you will need to upload two photos for each alarm in its installed location. Replacement alarms should arrive within three business days once the submission is completed, per the website. For questions, contact Kidde at 844-796-9972 or visit kidde.com.
Dangerous Product Failures
When a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm fails, the consequences can be devastating. Residents may fail to detect fires in their homes or worse, carbon monoxide gas leaks, which could be deadly. In fact, carbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer” because it is colorless and odorless and could even kill people in their sleep.
Product manufacturers have a duty and a responsibility to manufacture items that are safe and effective. When they fail to do so and it results in an accident, the manufacturer can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can file what is known as a product liability claim seeking compensation. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to offer them more information regarding pursuing their legal rights.