Check your smoke alarms. Some Universal Security alarms may not alert users in the event of a fire
Universal Security Instruments is recalling about 180,000 battery powered smoke and fire alarms due to risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the smoke alarms can have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.
The recall involves Universal Security Instruments 10 year battery-operated ionization smoke and fire alarms with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11. The smoke alarms are white in color and 5½ inches in diameter. “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the alarm. The label on the back of the alarm lists the model number and date code.
Consumers should immediately inspect their smoke alarms to determine if it will activate appropriately. Press the test button to determine if it is operating properly. If the alarm sounds no further action is required. Additional instructions are located on the firm’s website. If smoke alarm does not sound during the test, consumers should immediately contact Universal Security for a replacement.
The company has received 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation.
They were sold online through specialty wholesalers and others from July 2015 to December 2016 for about $20.
Consumers can contact Universal Security Instruments at 1-877-612-6955 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at UniversalSecurity.com and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.
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