Millions of smoke/CO detectors recalled due to alarm failure

Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Approximately 3.6 million combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are being recalled because users may think they’re working, when they’re actually not.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Kidde NightHawk alarms can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven-year end of life if the batteries have been replaced.

The recall affects model number KN-COSM-IB. The detectors were manufactured between June 1, 2004, and Dec. 3, 2010.

Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission

The CPSC says there have been eight reports of this happening, but there were no injuries as a result.

If you have one of the smoke/CO detectors, you’re advised to contact Kidde for a free replacement or a discount on a new alarm.

Also recalled this week were more than 68,000 Krystal Ice Ceiling Fixtures because the 40-watt halogen bulbs sold with them burn too hot for the electrical supply wires in the ceiling, creating a fire hazard.

The fixtures also pose a fire hazard in homes with older wiring, even if they’re used with lower-wattage light bulbs, according to the CPSC.

Consumers are urged to stop using the fixtures and remove the 40-watt bulbs. If you live in a newer home, the company will send you a new 25-watt bulb replacement. If your home was built before 1985 and you don’t have upgraded wiring, you’re eligible for a full refund.

Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission