TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A smoke detector manufacturer is recalling smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure public safety.
Kidde is recalling more than 3 million detectors in the United States and over 1 million in Canada. The detectors being recalled are the types that are hardwired into homes.
The Kidde brand which runs off battery power, however, are still fine to use.
There have been seven deaths in the U.S. due to these faulty detectors. None of which happened locally.
Kidde says the recall is because the detector fails to make a “chirp” noise after its seven-year life span.
“If you follow the date of manufacture to the date that it needs to be recycled, that’s the only way you are going to know if the alarm is functioning properly,” said fire inspector Todd Trent.
The smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in homes from 2004-2010 are being recalled.
Tippecanoe County fire departments have a program where firefighters will make free home visits to check and replace smoke detectors.