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RECALL ALERT: Nearly half a million Kidde smoke detectors recalled

The smoke detectors are at risk of failing to alert consumers of a fire.
Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

(WVEC) -- The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about 452,000 Kidde smoke alarms on Wednesday due to its risk of failing to alert consumers of a fire.

The Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms, models PI2010, and PI9010 have been recalled because a yellow cap was left on during manufacturing. The cap can cover one of the two smoke sensors, and compromise the smoke alarms ability to detect smoke.

Consumers with a smoke detector with the recalled model number and ' datecode ' from September 10, 2016, through October 13, 2017, should check to see if a yellow cap is present.

KIDDE is printed front and center on the smoke alarm, and consumers can find the model number and date code printed on the back of the device.

To see if a yellow cap is present, the alarm should be removed from the wall, or ceiling and visually inspected through the opening on the side of the alarm. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or remove the yellow cap themselves.

If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde at 833-551-7739 to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm.

If there is not a yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm, and no further action is needed.

The smoke detectors were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other departments, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018.

In addition to the nearly half a million smoke detectors sold in the U.S., about 400,000 were sold in Canada.

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