According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a yellow cap left on the detectors during the manufacturing process may cover one of two smoke sensors on the device and compromise its ability to detect smoke. The manufacturer is concerned about models PI2010 and PI9010.
The service warns that people in Lincolnshire are running the risk of not having any early warning of a fire if they don't have a working smoke alarm fitted and tested appropriately.
The recall announced on March 21 also includes about 40,000 smoke alarms sold in Canada. Both have date codes of 2016 Sep. According to a CPSC announcement, "Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap".
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is encouraging people who have fitted their own smoke alarms to consider if they have been placed in the right area and if they need more.
Kidde received one report of the cap being present on an alarm before it was installed.
If a yellow cap is present, contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement.
For more information, consumers can call Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.