Copied from “The Code Official” July/August 2000  BOCA International, Inc.

Universal Security Instruments, Inc. of Owings Mills, Marland in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety commission has voluntarily recalled approximately 34,000 smoke alarms.  The following brand, model numbers and date codes are affected:



Model Number


Date Code
Safe T Alert


AC only unit




AC only unit




AC/DC unit with batterybackup and silencer


USI Electric


AC/DC unit with batterybackup and silencer



The above alarms may fail to alarm when smoke or fire is present.  A capacitor in the alarm may malfunction causing the release of smoke and melting of the cover.  Universal Security Instruments, Inc., has received three reports of alarms failing and the release of smoke.

The alarms are made of white plastic and consumers can identify the recalled models by removing the alarm cover from its base and checking the model number and four-letter date code on the back of the alarm.  Some alarms do not have the brand name printed on the unit.  The alarms were sold nationwide from April 1998 through June 1999 for  $10 to $15.  Many were pre-installed during construction.

Consumers should call Universal Security Instruments, Inc., at (800)390-4321 for a free replacement alarm.


Copied from the Office of Fire Safety,

Consumer & Industry Services, State of Michigan web site.

Office of Fire Safety

US. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Kidde Safety Announce Recall of Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, D.C

Contact: Ken Giles 301—504—0580 Ext. 1184

Kidde Safety Media Contacts: Quinn Hudson or Bill Crane 800-880-6788 Ext. 777

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Kidde Safety of Mebane, N.C. is voluntarily recalling about 1 miLLion carbon monoxide alarms, including 650,000 Nighthawks and 350,000 Lifesavers. The Lifesaver models could alarm late or not alarm at all, and the Nighthawk models could alarm late. These alarms are used to detect carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas. leaking from fuel burning appliances. When they don’t work, consumers can be unknowingly exposed to hazardous levels of CO and suffer injury or death.

Kidde Safety and CPSC are not aware of any injuries involving these products. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The Nighthawk models included in this recall are all models manufactured between November 8, 1998 and March 9 1999. The manufacturing date is on the back of the unit as year, month, day. ‘‘NIGHTHAWK’’ and ‘‘Carbon Monoxide Alarm’’ are written on the front of the unit. If ’’Carbon Monoxide Detector” is written on the front, the unit is operating properly and is not part of the recall.

The Lifesaver models included in this recall arc models 9CO-1 and 9C0- I C manufactured between June 1,. 1997 and January 31, 1998. The manufacturing date is on the back of the unit as the first six numbers in the serial number, located above the U PC code. The manufacturing date is written as day, month, year. ‘‘LIFESAVER’’ and ‘‘Carbon Monoxide Detector’’ are written on the front of the unit. Kidde Safety’ will help consumers identify whether their units are involved in this recall.

Consumers can participate in the recall in one of two direct ways. Visit the Kidde Safety recall Web site at and follow the instructions, or call Kidde Safety toll-flee at 888-543-3346 between 8 am. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Sunday to identify whether their alarms are involved in this recall. If so, consumers will he sent a postage-paid envelope to return the alarm. Lifesaver models will he repaired, and Nighthawk models will he inspected and tested and repaired if needed.

Kidde Safety has informed CPSC that consumers will receive alarms hack within 30 days. All returned alarms will be recertified to UL-2034 .

Hardware and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold these alarms beginning in 1998 form about $20 to $50. Consumers should not return the alarms to stores.

The initial symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to flu and include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.  Exposure to high levels of CO can cause death.  CO poisoning associated with using fuel-burning appliances kills more than 200 people each year and sends about 10,000 to hospital emergency.

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