Kidde smoke alarms recall

Kidde recalls 400,000 smoke alarms that don’t detect smoke

If you have a Kidde smoke detector, you should inspect it today. Models PI2010 and PI9010 have been recalled due to a manufacturing defect that inhibits their ability to smell smoke. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall on Wednesday. Head here for the details, or head to .

If your model doesn’t have the pill shape across the front as in the picture above, you’re not affected. If it does, take it off the wall and check the back to see if it matches either of the two model numbers above. If it matches, look inside the unit for a yellow cap. If you see one, head to Kidde’s site to get a replacement. If not, your smoke detector isn’t affected.

The affected units are dual-sensor alarms. According to the CPSC, roughly 452,000 have been sold in the US and 40,000 more were sold in Canada. All models were sold between September 2016 and January 2018.

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Apparently, the problem stemmed from an oversight in the manufacturing process that left a yellow cap covering one of the two smoke sensors. Again, you can supposedly see this cap by looking inside your smoke detector. You shouldn’t have to disassemble it.

Fortunately, no linked injuries have been reported. A Kidde representative offered the following statement over email: “As customer safety is our first priority, Kidde has worked closely with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other relevant authorities to voluntarily initiate a recall and ensure that affected smoke alarms are replaced with different models as quickly as possible.”

40,000 smoke alarms that may not detect smoke recalled in Canada

Health Canada has issued a recall for 40,000 Kidde smoke alarms.

Two Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarm models, manufactured between September 2016 and October 2017, are included in the recall: PI2010CA and PI9010CA.

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A recall alert posted Wednesday explains that the models have a yellow cap over one of the two smoke sensors, which means the product might not be able to detect smoke.

The company has not received any reports of incidents or injuries.

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The affected alarms were sold in Canada between November 2016 and January 2018. The company told Global News that it cannot specify which provinces are affected, and consumers should check their individual products.

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Another 450,000 products have been recalled in the United States. Kidde products are sold online and at stores such as Walmart and Home Depot.

Another way consumers can tell whether their alarm is under recall is by checking for a “pill” shape on the product’s surface.

Here’s a closer look:

Kidde is recalling a smoke alarm that may not detect smoke. CPSC How to tell if a Kidde smoke alarm is being recalled. Health Canada How to tell if a Kidde smoke alarm is being recalled. Health Canada

More detailed instructions can be found on the company’s website.

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The recall alert explains that the product will have to be detached from the wall or ceiling and then inspected. Consumers should check the brand, look for the model number, then check the design.

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“If a yellow cap can be seen in the opening, the unit is affected and must be replaced,” the recall alert reads. “Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves.”

If there is no yellow cap visible, the alarm is safe and can be reinstalled.

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Those who do see a yellow cap should immediately contact Kidde to receive a free replacement — but not remove the original smoke alarm until a new product has been delivered.

Kidde can be contacted at 1-833-551-7739 during regular business hours, or online on its website.

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Previous Kidde fire extinguisher recall

Kidde’s smoke alarm recall comes months after it called back 2.7 million fire extinguishers in November 2017.

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The recall in Canada involved 134 different models sold between Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017. Some of the models in this recall had been previously recalled.

READ MORE: 2.7 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada

According to the recall, the fire extinguishers could “become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail during a fire emergency.”

Another risk was the nozzle detaching with such force that it could pose a hazard.

— With files from Global News reporter Tania Kohut

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010

Hazard: 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.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

Consumer Contact:

Recall Details

Units: About 452,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 40,000 were sold in Canada.)


This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.


Date Code

PI9010 (DC/battery powered)

2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

PI2010 (AC/hardwired)

2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a consumer’s home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.

Sold At: Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

Importer: Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc., of Mebane, N.C.

Distributor: Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc., of Mebane, N.C.

Manufacturer: Fyrnetics Limited, of Hong Kong

Manufactured in: China

In Conjunction With: Canada

This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers. field_rc_fast_track


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Kidde has announced a recall of 452,000 smoke alarms after finding that they may not go off when there is a fire. A yellow cap was left on during manufacturing and can cover one of the two sensors, making it harder for the alarm to detect smoke.

The recall involves Kidde dual sensor smoke alarms that were sold between September 2016 and January 2018 at The Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, and more. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received one report of a yellow protective cap being present, but no incidents or injuries have been reported to date.


The following model numbers and date codes are affected by the recall:

• Model Number: PI9010 (DC/battery powered) Date Code: 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

• Model Number: PI2010 (AC/hardwired) Date Code: 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

You can find this information printed on the back of the alarm.


Consumers who own one of these models should remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling and look through the opening on the side of the device for the presence of a yellow cap. It is important that owners do not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or remove the yellow cap themselves.


If a yellow cap is present, owners should immediately contact Kidde to receive a free replacement. They should only remove and discard the recalled smoke detector after they receive and install their replacement.

You can reach Kidde at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or from 9 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit the “Product Safety” section of

Not everyone is inclined to rewire their home for a full Nest experience or invite an Amazon robo-assistant named Alexa into their lives. But even smart home holdouts will admit there are some appliances around the house whose digital updates are more important than others. For instance, your smoke alarm, which can buzz your phone if it thinks there’s a fire in your living room.

Roost is a company that makes a series of Wi-Fi-enabled fire and carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t want to replace your hardware store smoke detectors with Roost’s hardware, the company also makes an Internet-connected 9-volt battery that fits in regular smoke alarms, transforming your cheap plastic unit into a cloud-connected system. The battery is an inexpensive ($35) way to dip your toe in the water in the Internet of Things without actually making a ridiculous investment. Plus, it’s more practical than a fridge that texts when you’re low on Soylent.


The devices are controlled by an app, so if there’s a false trigger (maybe you’re just searing a rib eye and not burning down the house) you can turn the siren off with your phone—it beats knocking your alarm off the wall with a broomstick. And if your smoke detector does go off when you’re not around, Roost’s system alerts your phone and the phones of anyone else you want, like your family or the neighbors downstairs.

Roost makes two smart detectors: one that senses smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, and natural gas in the air (the RS 400, which costs $80), and another simpler version that detects fire and smoke (RS 200, $60). The alarm in the more capable RS 400 makes different sounds when it detects carbon monoxide versus smoke or fire, Roost CEO Roel Peeters tells WIRED. “Also, the notification on the mobile phone is different dependent on the type of peril and will indicate which issue is being detected,” Peeters says.

Battery Power

Your Roost can also tell you when your battery is dead. The company claims the batteries will only need replacing every five years, but with the app, you’ll always know how much juice is left. And if the Wi-Fi conks out, your Roost gadgets will still function just like regular smoke detectors, minus the alerts.

The Smart Battery is exactly what it sounds like: a Wi-Fi enabled battery that fits inside any “dumb” smoke alarm that allows it to speak with and be controlled by the Roost app. So installation only involves slipping in a new battery. When you need to replace it (Roost says it’ll last five years) you don’t even have to buy a whole new smart battery. The Wi-Fi component snaps off, and you can affix it to one of Roost’s replacement batteries.


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You perhaps heard local news reports indicating someone in the Spokane area was going door-to-door identifying themselves as members of the Fire Department’s “safety team” and requesting permission to inspect smoke detectors and the household fire evacuation plan. Two individuals were interviewed by Spokane Police and Fire investigators. It was discovered that the purpose of the door-to-door inspections was to provide a pathway for sales of the Crossfire wireless smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detector system.

The Crossfire system has UL- listed components and typically sells for about ten times the cost of a stand-alone photoelectric smoke alarm, heat detector or carbon monoxide detector. The company claims their lithium manganese batteries will last at least 20 years. However, since codes from the National Fire Protection Association require that smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years, Crossfire offers to replace their smoke detector units every 10 years at the request of the original owner. This is similar to the guarantee of the MasterGuard photoelectric smoke detectors that were once sold in conjunction with free dinner presentations at local restaurants. Although MasterGuard photoelectric smoke alarms are no longer manufactured, they can still be serviced through Crossfire.

Crossfire feels their product is the “Rolls Royce” of detectors because there is a wireless connection that means all detectors will sound if any smoke, CO or heat detector in the system goes into alarm. Their photoelectric detector has a removable filter that can be washed to extend the lifetime efficiency of the product. The battery life of their units can go beyond 10 years. However a longer battery does not guarantee that the product itself is still able to function correctly, particularly in the case of any carbon monoxide detector. CO detector sensors have not been tested for reliability beyond five years. Crossfire installations cost between $1500 and $7000 per home.

Basic photoelectric smoke detectors with sealed-in lithium batteries that should last 10 years are readily available at most hardware stores for about $20. You can also purchase an interconnected wireless photoelectric smoke and CO alarm that is battery-operated for about $50. Heat detectors begin around $20. They are intended for spaces such as attics or garages because they are designed to protect property but are not efficient enough to protect life.

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We gave the Roost Smart Battery high marks when it came to market late last year. Equipped with a removable Wi-Fi module and a tiny microphone, the battery will send an alert to you and as many “watchers” as you care to designate the instant your smoke detector sounds off. Now Roost has teamed with Universal Security Instruments to manufacture a pair of its own smoke alarms. The company sent its most capable model—the RSA-400—for us to review.

The RSA-400 looks like your ordinary, everyday smoke detector. The included Roost Smart Battery enables it to connect to your Wi-Fi network, and that’s how it sends alerts to your smartphone if the alarm goes off. But the battery provides only backup power; the Roost Smart Smoke Alarm must be hardwired to your electrical system to operate. That’s because it’s a 4-in-1 alarm capable of detecting smoke, carbon monoxide, the flames from a fast-moving fire, and the presence of natural gas. Most of its competition—including the Nest Protect—lack that last feature, but the presence of all four sensors is why it must be hardwired, according to Roost.

That’s fine if you’re replacing a hardwired alarm, but you’ll probably need to call an electrician if you’re replacing a more ordinary model or putting this in a new location. Actually, Roost recommends hiring an electrician even if you’re just replacing a hardwired alarm, but I suspect that caution is at the behest of the company’s attorneys. I’ll describe my own installation experience in a bit.

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The Roost Smart Smoke Alarm has LEDs to indicate the presence of smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas (hopefully not all at the same time).

Each Roost Smart Battery you install gets a unique name, so you can tell which alarm is sounding off or which battery needs service (if it loses contact with your Wi-Fi network, for instance, or if it’s nearing the end of its five-year life cycle). Roost tells me the alarm itself can distinguish between the four triggers—smoke, fire, CO, and natural gas—and that it will emit different alarm sounds accordingly: The standard temporal 3 (T3) alarm sound is emitteds when it detects smoke or fire, and the standard temporal 4 (T4) sound when it detects carbon monoxide. A third alarm sound is used in the presence of natural gas.

The Roost Smart Battery has an algorithm that can identify these sounds and will let you know which of the four dangers set it off when it sends its text message. I wasn’t able to present smoke, fire, CO, or natural gas to the detector, so I just pushed the test button to set it off a few times. The first time, Roost sent a message that it had detected the presence of natural gas. When I pushed the button again a couple of hours later, it reported the possible presence of smoke and fire. I quizzed Roost about my experience and learned the device was not to blame. I’ll explain why in a bit.

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When the Roost Smart Battery wears out, you can detach the Wi-Fi module and connect it to a fresh battery.

My installation experience

You will need to handle exposed electrical wires while installing the alarm, which is why the company recommends hiring an electrician, but this is just a matter of removing some wire nuts and pulling the wires free when you take out the old alarm, and then reconnecting the wires by matching the colors, placing the exposed ends next to each other, and reattaching the wire nuts. You should be fine as long as you don’t touch the bare ends of the wires or mix up the colors. I didn’t even turn the power off (yes, that is a bad practice when handling live electrical wires. Don’t follow my example.)

There will be three wires in the box if you have multiple smoke alarms that are interconnected, as I do. When one alarm in an interconnected system goes off, all the alarms on that circuit will sound off. If, as you should, you put one smoke alarm in each bedroom and one in a common area, there’s a good chance you’ll be alerted to danger no matter which room you’re in or which room the trouble starts in.

Roost, however, recommends against interconnecting its Smart Smoke Alarms with smoke detectors from other manufacturers. I initially interconnected Roost’s alarm with my five existing Firex smoke detectors. As expected, testing the Roost caused the five other smoke detectors in the system to also fire off. Two of these are installed in bedrooms close to and on either side of my kitchen, which confused the battery’s algorithm because they sound slightly different, and that’s why the app reported different causes for the alarms.

Michael Brown

Three wires plug into the back of the smoke alarm. You’ll need to hardwire the other ends of the wires to AC power (the third wire isn’t used if you don’t have interconnected smoke alarms).

If you don’t have interconnected alarms, or you don’t want to interconnect the Roost with alarms from different manufacturers, just wrap some electrical tape around or put a wire nut on the Roost’s unused yellow wire before you stuff the wires back into the junction box. Once I did that, the alarm tests consistently reported the presence of smoke and fire when I pushed the test button.

This, of course, is thoroughly discussed in Roost’s comprehensive, 35-page, printed user manual (bravo, Roost!). But I didn’t make it beyond page 5, so that’s on me. I did, however, encounter one snafu in Roost’s installation instructions, which have you install the smoke detector and then install the Roost app on your phone and pair it with the back-up battery. The app asks for the make and model of the smoke detector you’re putting the battery in. Fine, that’s readily available on the box. But the app also asks for the smoke detector’s date of manufacture, which is printed on the smoke detector itself and isn’t exposed unless you take the detector off its ceiling bracket. Lucky for me, I was curious about the date and looked at it before I installed the detector. That saved me spending 10 minutes trying to line up the tab on the smoke detector with the slot on the mounting bracket. If you buy one of these, make a note of the manufacture before you mount it to the ceiling.

The screen on the left displays how Roost alerts appear on your phone. The center screen shows the status of each of batteries you’re using, and the one on the right shows an activity log.

Should you buy one?

You can put a Roost Smart Battery in just about any smoke detector and get nearly all of the benefits that the Roost Smart Smoke Alarm delivers: Alerts on your phone when the detector goes off, the phone number for your local first responders right alongside the alert, alerts sent to monitors you choose who might be able to take action if you’re not around, and no more 3AM chirps from a dying smoke-detector battery (you’ll get an alert on your phone long before then). But the typical smoke detector can’t detect smoke, fire, CO, and natural gas.

As I mentioned up top, Roost partnered with Universal Security Instruments to build the Roost Smart Smoke Alarm. That company’s own comparable 4-in-1 detector (USI model MDSCN111) is $80 MSRP, but you’ll need to buy your own battery. Choose a Roost Smart Battery for $35 MSRP and you’re at $115. So you could say buying the Roost RSA-400 is like buying USI’s detector and getting the smart battery for free. But that’s only if you consider MSRP. At the time of this writing, Amazon was selling USI’s 4-in-1 detector for $45 and the Roost Smart Battery for $25. At $60 for both, you’d be spending $20 less than if you’d bought the RSA-400; then again, this review was written the day before the RSA-400 reached the market. I don’t know where its street price will land.

Having said that, with an $80 MSRP, the Roost Smart Smoke Alarm RSA-400 is $20 cheaper than a Nest Labs’ Nest Protect. On the other hand, the Nest Protect is outfitted with a path light to guide you to safety, voice alerts to warn you of danger, and it can be incorporated into a broader smart-home system. That last feature means it can talk to other systems to do things like shut down your furnace if it detects carbon monoxide, turn off your HVAC system to prevent its fan from spreading smoke from one room to another, or trigger your Nest Cam to record a video clip that might show what happened.

You’ll of course need to buy additional products to realize those benefits. With Roost, you’ll need to rely on IFTTT to tie it to other smart-home products, and there are only a handful of existing IFTTT recipes. These include ones that will turn on your Philips Hue or Skylinknet light in response to an alarm, and another that will record a video on your Homeboy camera. You’ll find more here, or you can create your own, but Nest is way out in front on this score. Just remember: the Nest Protect can’t detect the presence of natural gas.

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Kidde recalls Dual-Sensor (Photoelectric and Ionization) Smoke Alarms

Product description

This recall involves two models (PI2010CA and PI9010CA) of Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms manufactured between September 10, 2016 and October 13, 2017. The model number and date code are located on the back of the unit. The affected smoke alarms have a pill shaped design on the front of the unit. The affected models have a yellow cap visible through the opening on the side of the alarm.

To identify the presence of the yellow sensor cap:

  1. Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect.
  2. Consumers should check the brand name and look for the unique design of the PI2010CA and PI9010CA smoke alarm.
  3. Consumers should then locate the locking tab on the back of the alarm, turn the alarm on its side and look at the opening closest to the locking tab.
  4. If a yellow cap can be seen in the opening the unit is affected and must be replaced. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves.
  5. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

Hazard identified

A yellow cap can cover one of the two smoke sensors, which compromises the smoke alarms’ ability to detect smoke.

As of March 7, 2018 the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada or the United States. There has been one report from a consumer who identified the yellow protective cap before installing the smoke alarm.

Number sold

Approximately 40,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada and approximately 452,000 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from November 1, 2016 to January 25, 2018.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Importer Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc.,
North Carolina

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Nearly half a million smoke alarms nationwide are being recalled due to a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

About 452,000 Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the U.S. and another 40,000 sold in Canada may be defective, the warning states.

Models PI2010 and PI9010 are being recalled.

Nearly half a million Kidde smoke alarms were recalled in March 2018 because a yellow cap, pictured, may have been left inside the alarm. (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

The issue is a yellow cap possibly left on the smoke alarm during the manufacturing process that may cover one of two sensors, compromising its ability to detect smoke. This puts consumers at risk of not being alerted to a fire, according to the warning.

Consumers are advised to remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling, inspect it for the presence of a yellow cap and immediately contact Kidde if one is located. The potentially defective smoke alarm should only be discarded once a replacement is received and installed.

During the inspection, Kidde advises consumers to not take apart the alarm, open the casing or otherwise remove the yellow cap, if present.

“If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed,” the consumer product agency states.

The recalled Kidde smoke alarms were sold at Menards, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide; and online at, and other websites from September 2016 through January of this year for between $20 and $40.

The recall comes four months after 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers were recalled. At the time, the consumer product agency stated the extinguishers can get clogged and might not work.

For more information, consumers can call Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Those who prefer not to call can go online can visit and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.