The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation advise consumers that the company, Kidde, in conjunction and cooperation with the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission ("CPSC") has instituted a product recall of its Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms due to alarm failure rates.
For recall identification purposes, the date of product recall was September 11, 2014. CPSC has assigned recall number 14-275 for the Kidde alarms. For product identification purposes, the formal name of the recalled product is product is Kidde, hardwired smoke & combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms / detectors. The product defect associated with these various, recalled units involves the alarms potential to fail or otherwise fail to warn of CO emissions, CO incident or the presence of smoke following an outage of power.
With regard to scope of the subject recall, there are currently an estimated 1.2 million such units currently in distribution within the United States and another, approximated 112,000 units in Canada.
The subject recall implicates Kidde smoke alarms for use in private residences. Recalled products contain corresponding model number i12010S. The dates of manufacture for these recalled alarms ranges between December of 2013 to May of 2014. Combination unit smoke and carbon monoxide alarm is identified with "il2010SCO" having manufacture dates ranging between December of 2013 and May of 2014. Lastly, the recall involves combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm model number KN-COSM-IBA.
These units are hard-wired into the electric power of private residences. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries. The alarms come in the color of white and are round in shape, measuring approximately five (5) to six (6) inches in diameter. The company name, "Kidde," is located on the front of these alarms. Also, the word "Kidde," coupled with the model number of the unit and its manufacturing date is printed upon a label located on the back portion of the alarm.
The phrase, “Always On” can be found additionally engraved in the front of the alarms.
These recalled products were sold at City Electric Supply, Menards, Home Depot, and various other similar retailers, electric supply and distributors. The units were additionally sold online at HomeDepot.com, Amazon.com and shopkidde.com. They retailed at price points ranging from $30.00 - $50.00 and sold from approximately January of 2014 to July of 2014. These smoke alarms were imported by Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc., of Mebane, North Carolina and manufactured by Fyrnetics Ltd., of Hong Kong. Parts were additionally manufactured in China.
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