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Smoke alarms recalled due to failure to alert

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Consumers should be aware of an important smoke detector recall.

Some Universal Security Instruments smoke alarms have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.

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.

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

The company has received 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation.  The alarms were sold online through specialty wholesalers and others from July 2015 to December 2016 about $20.

For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website here.

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