Have you checked your smoke detector lately? Kidde brand is recalling nearly 500,000 smoke detectors total, because one of the smoke sensor devices was obstructed during manufacture.
A yellow cap the size of a couple inches left on during the making of the units can “cover one of the two smoke sensors, making them unable to properly detect fires.”
The dual-sensor models being recalled include the model numbers “PI2010 and PI9010” that you can find on the back. The alarms say KIDDE on the front/middle of the device while the two sensors fall into a horizontal "pill-shaped” cavity.
In terms of distribution, 452,000 smoke alarms are in US homes, while another 40,000 are here in Canada, so please check to see if you have one. They were sold online in Canada between Sept. 2016 and Jan. 2018 through various retailers at a price between $20 and $40. There is no information on which provinces have ordered the most Kidde smoke alarms.
To find out if your device is defective, follow these steps:
The company has not received any reports of injuries or incidents due to the defective smoke alarms. Consumers should still check their individual products to identify if they are part of the recall.
If you have a KIDDE smoke detector, please see CBC for a photo of the defective model. Smoke alarms are integral to the safety of you, your family, and your home.