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Recall alert: This popular smoke alarm won’t warn you about a fire

A factory recall of a product could be voluntary or mandatory. A company can do it of its own volition, be pressured into it, or be legally obliged to do so. A recall could involve a small defect or a deadly one.

Peloton was put under the microscope following multiple reports of injuries and even one death of a child. The company initially fought off the recall but recently gave in. Tap or click here for the backstory behind this grim series of events.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the dangerous Peloton models. It is informing the public now about a device designed to warn of danger but isn’t. Read on for details and what you can do if you have a defective unit.

Where there’s smoke…

The CPSC issued a recall affecting about a quarter-million Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The smoke alarm and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm can fail to alert you to a fire.

The devices were sold at Walmart, Home Depot, Menards and other stores and available through Amazon, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers from May 2019 through September 2020 for $10-70.

The manufacturer issued the recall on May 6. It involves Kidde’s TruSense Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms. The model numbers are Kidde Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070.

You can find the model number on the back of the device. Look for the TruSense logo or the words “AMBER=FAULT” printed on the front, as these are the only devices included in this recall.

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What you can do

The CPSC urges consumers to contact Kidde for a free replacement. Don’t take down the recalled devices until you have installed the replacements.

Kidde has a product safety notice where you can fill in your information to submit a recall claim. Go to kiddetsalarmrecall.rsvpcomm.com and follow the instructions. Have your defective smoke detector ready, as you’ll have to submit photos to complete the form.

Kidde’s support page at kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support has a button you can select to email a question. You can also use the listed phone number to contact the company: 1-800-880-6788.

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