Thousands of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms sold nationwide are being recalled because they may not warn homeowners of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, according to an independent federal agency.
Universal Security Instruments Inc. has recalled 8,000 units of its 2-in-1 photoelectric smoke, fire and carbon monoxide alarms that “may fail to alert consumers to the presence of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, posing a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or death.” ‘ according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is difficult to detect because it is odorless and colorless. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning in the United States each year. However, carbon monoxide poisoning is also “completely preventable” if consumers understand the symptoms of carbon monoxide positioning, the CDC said.
To date, there have been two reports that the recalled units “failed to activate an alarm for the presence of carbon monoxide within the specified time,” according to the recall. There were no reports of injuries.
Consumers who have recalled either model “should contact Universal Security Instruments immediately for a free replacement alarm,” according to the CPSC.
Until a replacement arrives, consumers will be instructed to continue using their current alarm, the CPSC said.
The recalled alarms were sold at electronics retailers across the country and on Walmart.com and other websites between June 2017 and December 2019, according to the recall.
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