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Smoke alarms recalled over failure issue

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Smoke alarms are designed to avert disaster and save your life, so it's important to know if your alarm might fail.

One company is recalling about 1.2 million alarms in the United States and about 112,000 in Canada. The alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following a power outage.

The devices come from Kidde, based in North Carolina. The were sold at stores like Home Depot, Menards, and other electrical product distributors.

This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.

They are hard-wired into a home's electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries. The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm. Kidde, the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm. "Always On" is also engraved on the front of alarms with sealed 10-year batteries.

No injuries or incidents have been reported. Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke/CO alarm. Consumers should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms.

You can contact Kidde toll-free at (844) 553-9011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidde.com and click on Recalls for more information.