Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc., of Mebane, North Carolina, is recalling about 452,000 Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms with Model #PI2010 and #PI9010.

Kidde has received 1 report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a consumer’s home. No incidents or injuries as a result of the problem have been reported.

According to the recall notice:

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.”

The recall involves Model #PI2010 and #PI9010 of the Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms.

Model Date Code
PI9010 (DC/battery powered) 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13
PI2010 (AC/hardwired) 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13

The recalled smoke alarms were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

Consumers should visually inspect the alarm through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap.

If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. Only discard the recalled smoke alarm after installing a replacement alarm.

For more information, call Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at and click on “Product Safety Recall.”

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Source: Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

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