By Anthony Capkun
September 13, 2014 – In a joint recall with Health Canada and U.S. CPSC, Kidde is recalling Kidde-branded AC/DC powered residential smoke alarms and combination smoke/CO alarms, models KN-COSM-IBACA, i12010S-CO-CA and i12010S-CA.
Should a power outage occur at the same second that the device is performing a once-per-minute sensor health check, the device may go into a ‘latched’ mode, causing it not to alarm in the presence of smoke and/or carbon monoxide. An affected device will sound when it receives a signal from an alarm in the same interconnected system. Once power is restored, a latched device will sound an alarm regardless of the presence of smoke and/or CO.
Neither Kidde nor Health Canada have received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products. Kidde discovered the issue during an internal quality check.
These alarms are white, round and about 5-in. to 6-in. in diameter, with an engraved Kidde logo on the front. Labels indicating the model number and date code are located on the back of the device. The date code consists of the year of manufacture, the month and the day in the YYYY Month XX format. The units were manufactured in China.
About 112,000 units were sold in Canada at various retailers and 670,000 units were sold in the States.
Model KN-COSM-IBACA was sold between January 2, 2014, and May 13, 2014.
Models i12010S-CO-CA and i12010SCA were sold between April 17, 2014, and May 13, 2014.
If you have products included in this recall, contact Kidde Canada at (888) 784-2323 for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke/CO alarm. Consumers should not take the alarm out of service until they receive a replacement.
Photos courtesy Health Canada.