Kidde Smoke Alarms Recalled for Failure to Warn of FireJul 10, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc., of Mebane, North Carolina just issued a recall for about 94,000 Kidde Model PI2000 Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms because an electrostatic discharge can damage the unit, causing it not to warn consumers of a fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
To date, the firm has received two reported incidents of smoke alarm malfunctions involving electrostatic discharge during installation. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves Kidde dual sensor smoke alarms model PI2000 that were manufactured in China. The alarms can be identified by two buttons, “HUSH” and “PUSH AND HOLD TO TEST WEEKLY,” which are located on the front/center of the alarm. The model number and date code are on the back of the smoke alarm. Only date codes 2008 Aug. 01 through 2009 May 04 are included in this recall.
The recalled Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms were sold at retail, department, and hardware stores and through electrical distributors nationwide from August 2008 through May 2009 and retailed for between $30 and $40.
The CPSC is advising consumers to contact Kidde immediately to receive a free replacement smoke alarm. Kidde can be reached toll-free at 1-877-524-2086 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Website at www.kidde.com
In recent years, imports from China have been at the center of safety worries in the United States and other countries. For instance, there was a heparin contamination with a counterfeit ingredient that was implicated in dozens of deaths in the U.S., and hundreds of serious reactions both here and abroad. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued recalls of several foods imported from China that may have been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.
Melamine tainted dairy products hospitalized thousands of children in that country. We have also long been reporting that despite federal lead standards and that many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today, toys—many imported from China—continue to be made with elements that exceed federal standards and that could pose serious, sometimes fatal, health concerns.