Products Liability Law Daily 180K smoke alarms recalled for failure to alert consumers to a fire
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

180K smoke alarms recalled for failure to alert consumers to a fire

By Susan Engstrom

A misaligned internal switch could prevent the alarms from activating properly.

Universal Security Instruments, of Owings Mills, Maryland, is recalling approximately 180,000 battery-powered smoke and fire alarms because their internal switch may be misaligned, causing the alarms not to activate properly. This poses a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 19-162, July 10, 2019).

Incidents and injuries. The company has received 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation.

Product description. This 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.

These alarms, which were manufactured in Hong Kong, were sold online through specialty wholesalers and others from July 2015 to December 2016 for about $20.

Remedy. 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 the smoke alarm does not sound during the test, consumers should immediately contact Universal Security for a replacement.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Universal Security Instruments at 877-612-6955 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.UniversalSecurity.com and click on "Product Safety Notice."

Companies: Universal Security Instruments

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