STATEWIDE – Nearly 180,000 battery-powered smoke and fire detectors are being recalled because they may fail to work during a fire.
Universal Security Instruments is recalling two models of smoke and fire alarms sold online and in stores between July 2015 and December 2016.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the alarms can have a misaligned internal switch that can cause the alarm not to sound during a fire.
The recall involves the company’s 10-year battery-operated smoke and fire alarms with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11.
The alarms are white in color, 5-and-a-half inches in diameter, and have “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” printed on the front.
To find out if your alarm is being recalled, press the test button. If the alarm sounds, there is no problem. If immediately contact Universal Security for a replacement.
The company says it’s receive more than 130 complaints about the alarms.
(Photo by the Consumer Production Safety Commission.)