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425,000 smoke detectors recalled for manufacturing defect

Hawaii homeowners and apartment renters may be interested to learn that, on March 22, it was reported that United Technologies Corporation UTX issued a recall for 425,000 Kidde smoke alarms. The company said that there were manufacturing defects that could cause the alarm to fail to alert owners of a fire.

The company said that a yellow cap may have been left on the devices during the manufacturing process. The cap could cover one of the sensors inside the device, preventing it from being able to detect smoke. Those with the affected models are recommended to take the device down and see if there is a yellow cap inside by looking through the side opening. If a yellow cap is visible, they are recommended to contact the manufacturer and should not attempt to open the detector themselves.

The smoke detectors in question were sold from Sept. 10, 2016 to Oct. 13, 2017. The ones that were under scrutiny were the PI2010 and PI9010 models.

Products that are designed for use by consumers are required to be safe and as free from risks as possible. If there are risks associated with a particular product, the manufacturer is required to reasonably warn consumers to prevent them from being harmed or injured. If a defective product was shown to cause harm to a consumer, a product liability attorney may hold the manufacturer and the retailer responsible for any damages the harmed consumer sustained. This in some cases can be accomplished by negotiating a settlement out of court.

Source: NASDAQ, "United Technologies Made to Recall Faulty Kidde Smoke Alarms", March 22, 2018

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