Safety officials issue reminder of smoke alarm recall

Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide detectors included in recall (Photos courtesy of CPSC)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission is sounding the alarm regarding the recall of more than 1 million smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and before you power up your generator this winter – make sure it’s not one of the thousands being recalled this week.

Call 12 for Action first told you about the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm recall last month, but another effort is underway by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure everyone who has one of the recalled products knows what to do before tragedy strikes.

Kidde hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are being recalled because they could fail to alert you of a fire or high levels of carbon monoxide following a power outage.

The recall involves Kidd residential alarms with manufacturer dates between Dec. 18, 2013 through May 13, 2014. The word Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm, and the model number and dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. However, consumers should continue to use the recalled alarms until replacement alarms are installed.

Being in Southern New England, snow storms are in the imminent future – and with them inevitably come power outages. American Honda is recalling more than 8,000 gas-powered generators because the rear frame support can fail when they’re lifted, posing an impact hazard. Also, the owner’s manual can have missing or duplicated pages, which could cause you to not receive important operating or safety information.

Honda has received two reports of incidents involving rear frame support failures, but fortunately there were no injuries. The company has also received reports of errors in the owner’s manual.

Consumers should stop using the generators and contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free repair.

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