July 13, 2009

Kidde smoke alarms recalled

A U.S. company is voluntarily recalling tens of thousands of its dual sensor smoke alarms because they may not work correctly, federal officials say.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says about 94,000 Kidde model P12000 Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms were imported from China by Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. of Mebane, N.C., and sold nationwide between August 2008 and this May for between $30 and $40 apiece.

The smoke detectors include two buttons, HUSH and PUSH AND HOLD TO TEST WEEKLY, which can be used to help identify the units. The model number appears on the back of the smoke alarm.

Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled smoke alarms and contact Kidde for a free replacement.

Consumers can call 877-524-2086 for information.