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Universal Security Instruments Recalls Faulty Smoke Detectors

Universal Security Instruments is recalling 180,000 smoke detectors that can fail to sound an alarm due to a faulty switch. The company has already received 134 reports of alarms not working properly when tested upon installation, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The detectors were sold online and at retailers between July 2015 and December 2016 and Universal Security Instruments says that only one of their battery powered smoke detectors is affected. The hardwired model is not affected, but consumers should check the website for detailed images of affected models to be sure.

The company says the problem is a misaligned internal switch and you can quickly tell by pressing the test button. If the alarm sounds, your smoke detector is in working order. If it doesn’t, contact Universal Security Instruments for a free replacement by calling 877-612-6955 or going to the company’s website.

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