226,000 TruSense Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Alarms Recalled for Possible Failure to Alert Households to Fire

by Matt Schmitz

Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc., of Mebane, N.C., is recalling more than a quarter-million Kidde TruSense-brand smoke alarms and combination smoke-carbon monoxide alarms. The roughly 226,000 devices included in the May 6 recall alert have a defect that could result in failure to alert households to a fire. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

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Affected devices include Kidde Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070 Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms — all of which have either a TruSense brand logo or “AMBER=FAULT” printed on the front. The devices’ respective model numbers are printed on the back. The alarms were manufactured in China and sold in the U.S. between May 2019 and September 2020 for $10 to $70 at Walmart, The Home Depot, Menards and other retail stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and elsewhere.

Households should contact Kidde immediately for a free replacement alarm. The CPSC advised owners to continue using the recalled alarms until the replacement devices are installed.

Owners can call Kidde at 844-796-9972 or go online to the Kidde recall page for a comprehensive list of recalled TruSense alarms and how to identify them, and to register for a replacement. For more consumer product safety information, go to cpsc.gov.

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