The recall: This recall involves Universal Security Instruments 10-year battery-operated ionization smoke and fire detectors with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 and 2016JUL11. The smoke detectors are white and 5½ inches in diameter. “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the detector. The label on the back of the detector lists the model number and date code.
The risk: The smoke detectors can have a misaligned internal switch, causing them to not activate properly and posing the risk of failing to alert residents to a fire.
Incidents: The company has received 134 reports of detectors failing to properly activate during installation.
Where and when sold: Online through specialty wholesalers and other retailers from July 2015 to December 2016 for about $20.
The remedy: To inspect your smoke detector, press the test button. If the alarm sounds, no further action is required. If the smoke alarm does not sound, contact Universal Security for a replacement.
Contact Universal: Call Universal Security Instruments at 877-612-6955 or go to the company’s website.
To report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to SaferProducts.gov.