Consumers purchase and install smoke detectors to protect their loved ones, homes and possessions from the devastation of a house fire. Most people take great care to hang the devices in the proper place. You may even have a reminder on your phone to check the batteries once a month. You press the button to elicit a chirp, ensuring the device will work when you need it.
Sadly, even those devices with properly installed and charged batteries could fail families at the worst time. Mistakes by manufacturers could lead to malfunctioning devices, which, in turn, could cause severe injuries or deaths to people who depended on these devices, to say nothing of the incredible potential for property damage.
Kidde recalls half a million smoke detectors
Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Co., also called Kidde, designs, manufactures and sells smoke detectors all over the United States. Unfortunately, some of these devices may not do the job for which they were designed and purchased. Certain dual-sensor smoke alarm models, the PI2010 and PI9010, may not detect smoke and alert consumers to a fire.
Consumers purchased roughly 452,000 of these models in the United States for between $20 and $40 at locations including Home Depot, Menards, Walmart and Amazon, as well as the company’s web site between September 2016 and January 2018. There were approximately another 40,000 sold in Canada.
There is a yellow cap inside the unit that covers the actual detector device inside. The result is that families may not end up alerted to a growing fire in their home, as the detector may not work properly. In this case, Kiddie has extended an offer for a free replacement to those with defective units.
Defective products put consumers at risk of injury or worse
When people buy products in a retail store, they assume the product works as advertised and has passed adequate inspection. Sadly, that just isn’t always the case. As happened with the Kidde smoke detectors, mistakes in manufacturing can render a product non-functional or otherwise dangerous.
It’s easy to see how a non-working smoke detector can endanger the lives of the people in the home using it. Without early warning about fire, especially one that starts when the residents are asleep, people may not get out of the home in time. There is potential for serious burns, issues caused by smoke inhalation and even death. While other defective products may not have such a catastrophic potential outcome for consumers, they still pose a serious risk.
When someone ends up hurt due to a defective product, that person has the right to pursue compensation from the company responsible. Options may include an individual lawsuit or, in some cases, a class-action lawsuit. Speak with an attorney if you have questions about a potential product liability lawsuit.