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Smoke alarms being recalled due to risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire

Posted at 5:27 AM, Jul 12, 2019

Some smoke alarms are being recalled due to a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.

The smoke alarms can 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.

You should inspect your smoke alarm to determine if it activates appropriately. Press the test button to see if it's working. If the alarm sounds no further action is required. If the smoke alarm does not sound, contact Universal Security immediately for a replacement.

The company has received 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation.

These alarms were sold online through specialty wholesalers and others from July 2015 to December 2016.