Manufacturers say the hazard is a yellow protective cap in limited instances may have been left on one of the two smoke sensors in affected products during the manufacturing process, which could compromise the smoke alarms' ability to detect smoke.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling almost half a million Kidde smoke detectors, saying they could fail to work in the event of a fire.
The alarms were between $20 and $40 at Walmart, Home Depot, Menards and other home and hardware stores as well as e-commerce giant Amazon and other websites.
The recalled models are PI2010 and PI9010 manufactured between September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017. 10 through 2017 October 13. The model number is on the back of the alarm, KMOV reports.
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Those with these affected smoke alarms to urged to remove them and visually inspect them for the presence of the aforementioned yellow cap. If a yellow cap is seen, consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement.
The CPSC recommends replacing the smoke alarm.
If the yellow cap is not present, the smoke alarm is safe to reinstall and continue to use without restriction. No further action is needed.