A smoke alarm that doesn't detect smoke is nothing more than a battery powered piece of plastic and wires mounted to your wall or ceiling. If you're one of the 452,000 people in the U.S. that recently purchased the Kidde Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm, that's exactly what you have.

The North Carolina based manufacturer has issued a voluntary recall of the following models:

  • PI9010 (DC/battery powered) - Date Code: 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13
  • PI2010 (AC/hardwired) - Date Code: 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

According to the recall, "A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home."

YIKES!

The defective alarms were sold at "Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40."

If you have one of these alarms in your home, Kidde asks you to remove it from the wall or ceiling and look to see if the yellow cap is there. It should be easily visible through a slot on the side as illustrated in the photo below.

(CPCS.gov)

If you see the cap, Kidde asks that you DO NOT open the device and remove it. Instead, contact them by calling 833-551-7739 to request a replacement.

For more information on this recall, visit the Kidde website.

[Source: CPCS.gov]