By Adam W. Pittman on August 1, 2019
Universal Security Instruments has recalled 180,000 smoke detectors and alarms. The company has received more than 130 reports of the alarms not working properly when tested after installation, according to the recall notice issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The sole purpose of smoke detectors (also called smoke alarms) is to save lives. We all have these devices throughout our homes to protect our family and property from the horrifying consequences of a fire.
We depend on smoke detectors to detect fires and alert us so we are able to leave the house without injury. When these life-saving devices are defective, the consequences are almost always catastrophic, resulting in serious burn injuries and death.
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If you, a loved one, or your property have been harmed as a result of a defective smoke alarm, contact our experienced product liability attorneys immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact us by calling (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the free online consultation form.
Details of the Universal Smoke Alarm 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. “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the detector. The label on the back of the detector also lists the model number and date code.
The problem is a misaligned internal switch. 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.
The recalled smoke detectors were sold online and at specialty retailers from July 2015 to December 2016.
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People who have purchased the smoke alarms, which were sold online from July 2015 to December 2016, should check to see if they will activate appropriately. Owners can quickly tell whether if a smoke detector is affected by pressing the test button. If the alarm sounds, the smoke detector is okay.
The Disturbing Prevalence of Smoke Alarms That Don’t Work
Most jurisdictions have strict regulations requiring smoke detectors in homes, rental properties, hotels, and other buildings. Despite these regulations, however, many landlords and building owners still do not equip their buildings with adequate and functioning smoke detectors.
Firefighters responding to fatal blazes often note the presence of ceiling-mounted smoke detectors — only to open them up and discover they do not have batteries.
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Landlords and property owners can be held legally responsible if they fail to maintain appropriate fire-prevention measures, including smoke detectors. Likewise, product manufacturers may be responsible if the smoke alarm failed to function as it should have.
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If you, a loved one, or your property have been harmed as a result of a defective smoke alarm, contact an experienced product liability attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Our experienced fire and burn injury lawyers have helped many families who have suffered from defective products, and we can help you, too.