Over 8,000 Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors Recalled due to Malfunction
Universal Security Instruments is recalling approx. 8,000 combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors over the risk of the device failing to alert users to the presence of carbon monoxide.
The two detector models which fall under the recall include the MPC322S, produced on June 9, 2017, and the MPC122S, manufactured on June 2, 2017.
“The alarms can fail to alert consumers to the presence of a hazardous level of carbon monoxide, posing a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or death,” reads a recall notice posted to the Universal Security Instruments website.
The company has received two reports of malfunction although no injuries were reported.
Universal Security Instruments will provide a free replacement to customers who are affected.
“Consumers should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission wrote in its recall announcement.
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills over 400 people in the United States every year and “makes thousands more ill,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, chest pains, vomiting and confusion, among others. More information on carbon monoxide poisoning, and where carbon monoxide fumes may be produced, can be found on the CDC’s website.