Nationwide Recall of Kidde NightHawk Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Last month, CBC News reported that a national recall has been issued for 1.5 million Kidde smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in Canada because they may not work when they’re needed.
According to CBC News:
“The recall applies to two Kidde NightHawk models that are hard-wired into a home’s electricity and were manufactured between June 2004 and March 2011. The affected models are:
- KN-COSM-IBCA, which has a battery backup
- KN-COSM-ICA, which doesn’t have a battery backup
The issue is the alarm may no longer chirp in the model with battery backup even after the original batteries have been replaced. In the case of the model without battery backup, the chirp may not work if power is removed and then restored.”
A malfunctioning smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector is dangerous – in the event of an emergency, residents may only have a couple of minutes to get out of their home. The lack of a functioning alarm won’t give proper warning, which can lead to injury or death.
CBC News states that according to Health Canada, there have not been any reported incidents in the country thus far, however, “there have been eight in the U.S., where 3.6 million units of the models have been sold.” Thankfully, though, no injuries have been reported.
Checking the functionality of your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector should be part of your regular home maintenance along with your routine HVAC maintenance and any other home comfort system care you have performed by a professional.
If you have one of the recalled alarms installed in your home, stop using them immediately and contact Kidde Canada on their website or by phone at 1-800-239-0490 from 8AM-5PM.
This recall does not include the free carbon monoxide detectors we’re giving out with SuperCare Membership signups – we simply wanted to extend the information out to the public.
If you have any further questions or require more information on home comfort system care and safety, contact A1 today.