Kidde Smoke Detectors Being Recalled Because They May Not Alert
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kidde are recalling and replacing certain models of their smoke and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors because they may not alert consumers of a fire.
Kidde is recalling Kidde TruSense Smoke Alarms and Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission because "The smoke alarm and the combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarm can fail to alert consumers to a fire."
Models impacted by the recall include: 2040-DSR, 2050-DS10, 2060-ASR, 2070 -VDSCR, 2070-VASCR, 2070-VDSR, 2070-VASR.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recalled alarms were sold at a variety of retailers including Walmart, Menards, Home Depot and other home, department and hardware stores nationwide. Additionally it was sold to various electrical distributors and it was also available online. The models that are being recalled were sold between May 2019 - September 2020 and cost between $10.00 and $70.00.
Kidde will replace detectors impacted by the recall within three days of receiving a claim for a defective detector. That said, if you're motivated enough, you might just be better off heading out to Lowe's, Menards or Walmart and buying a new one. Smoke detectors aren't that expensive and the process of figuring out if you have a smoke alarm from Kidde that's being recalled is rather complicated.
I mean the step by step recall guide Kidde has put out is twelve pages long. Now, part of that is because they provide lots of pictures to help people identify if their alarm is impacted or not. But it's still on the consumer to figure out what model of Kidde smoke detector they have. Then figure out if it's one of the recalled ones. And finally as part of the claim to get a new detector sent to you, the company is asking for two pictures of the smoke detector itself.
You can access Kidde's recall information process here. And you can access their twelve page recall guide here.
If there's two things to take from this. If you replaced your smoke detector or smoke and carbon monoxide detector with a Kidde smoke detector bought between May 2019 - September 2020. Check your detector and replace it if necessary. Second, both the Consumer Protection Safety Commission and Kidde say to leave your recalled smoke detector installed until your replacement arrives or you purchase a new one.