Kidde, a fire safety product manufacturer, has announced the recall of almost 452,000 dual smoke detectors.
Federal safety regulators are warning that thousands of Kidde smoke alarms may not alert people if there is a fire in their home.
About 452,000 units were sold in the USA and another 40,000 were sold in Canada.
"We're asking people to think about where their smoke alarm is placed, and whether they need at least one more in their home to ensure they have the time to get out, stay out and call 999".
Kidde in Mebane issued a recall for models PI2010 and PI9010.
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The company says all consumers who have this product should remove it from where it is placed, and inspect it through the opening on the side to check if there is a yellow cap.
"If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed", the consumer product agency states.
But you should not attempt to take apart the alarm or remove the cap.
Kidde received one report of the cap being present on an alarm before it was installed. If the yellow cap is there, the consumer should contact Kidde for a free replacement.
Last year, Kidde recalled about 40 million fire extinguishers, some of which had been on the market for decades, because they may not work right in an emergency.
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