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Kidde Recalls Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

Report by Paula Antolini
November 22, 2017 11:20AM EDT

 

Kidde Recalls Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

This recall involves Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarm with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010. The alarms are hard-wired into a home’s electric power. The unit has a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9V backup battery. The alarm is white, round and measures about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. “Kidde” is engraved on the front of the alarm. “Kidde,” the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back on the alarm.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled alarms and contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.

Incidents/Injuries: Kidde has received eight reports of incidents with the recalled alarms. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at:Electrical distributors and home centers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2010 for between $40 and $65.

Importer(s): Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc., of Mebane, N.C. Manufactured In: China. Units: About 3.6 million (in addition 1.5 million were sold in Canada).

 

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Name of product: Combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Hazard: The combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its 7-year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working. This poses a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire or CO incident in their home.
Remedy: Replace

Recall date: November 10, 2016

Recall number: 17-031

Contact: Kidde toll-free at 855-239-0490 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.

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