Almost 500K smoke alarms recalled. How to check if yours is included

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As part of its Home Fire Campaign, volunteers and employees with the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter have been installing free smoke alarms throughout their six-county region alongside partner fire departments, churches and other community organizations.

Almost half a million smoke alarms are being recalled.

Apparently, the problem stemmed from an oversight in the manufacturing process that left a yellow cap covering one of the two smoke sensors. Model numbers can be found on the back of the units.

"I'm concerned that many people may not hear about the recall and, if they do, they may not reinstall the alarm they take down", said Acting Deputy Fire Chief Jack Burt in a news release issued by the London Fire Department on Friday.

Almost 500K smoke alarms recalled. How to check if yours is included
Almost 500K smoke alarms recalled. How to check if yours is included

"KIDDE" is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm.

They're manufactured by Kidde, and were sold at major retailers including Walmart, Amazon, and Home Depot.

Customers that see yellow caps should contact the company for a replacement unit.

To do this, they'll need to look in through an opening in the side and check for a yellow cap. There are no reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present on models PI9010 and PI2010. According to the CPSC, roughly 452,000 have been sold in the U.S. and 40,000 more were sold in Canada.

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