Kidde Recalls Talking Combination Smoke and CO Alarms

Starting date:
November 10, 2016
Posting date:
November 10, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-60990

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Kidde.

Affected products

Kidde Nighthawk KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA Combo Smoke and Carbon Monoxide ("CO") Alarm

Product description

This recall involves Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO Alarm KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA models with manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and March 2011. The alarms are hard-wired into a home's electric power.

The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.  "Kidde" is engraved on the front of the alarm. "Kidde", the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm.  Model KN-COSM-IBCA has a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9V backup battery, while model KN-COSM-ICA does not have a battery backup.

Hazard identified

The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced or, for the model without a battery backup, if power is removed and then restored to the alarm. This could lead consumers to believe it is still working, which poses a risk to consumers not being alerted to a fire or carbon monoxide incident in their home.

Neither Health Canada nor Kidde has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product.  In the United States, Kidde has received eight reports of incidents with no reported injuries.

Number sold

Approximately 1.5 million units were sold in Canada at various wholesalers and retailers and 3.6 million units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were manufactured from June 2004 to March 2011.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Distributor
Kidde Canada Inc.
Vaughan
Ontario
CANADA
Manufacturer
Fyrnetics Ltd.
CHINA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled alarms and contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.

For additional information, consumers should contact Kidde Canada toll-free at 1-855-239-0490 between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online and click on "Product Alerts".

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website (US CPSC to provide link).

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.