Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kidde have recalled the Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/carbon monoxide alarm due to a potential malfunction. The affected alarm models are KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA, with manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and March 2011.
The alarms are being recalled because they can fail to continue to chirp when they reach their seven year end of life, if the batteries are replaced or, for the model without a battery backup, if power is removed and then restored to the alarm. This could lead consumers to believe the alarm is still working, which poses a risk to consumers not being alerted to a fire or carbon monoxide incident in their home.
Neither Health Canada nor Kidde has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product, while in the United States, Kidde has received eight reports of incidents with no reported injuries.
Approximately 1.5 million alarms were sold in Canada and 3.6 million alarms were sold in the United States.
What should you do? If you have the recalled alarm, you should stop using it immediately and contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.
For additional information, consumers should contact Kidde Canada toll-free at 1-855-239-0490 between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online and click on "Product Alerts".