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RECALL: 180,000 smoke alarms may not work in a fire

(United States Consumer Product Safety Commission)

A smoke alarm maker has recalled 180,000 units, because of a faulty switch that means the smoke alarms may not work properly.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says the smoke detectors may not activate during a fire, posing a risk to consumers.

The maker, Universal Security Instruments, says it has received 134 reports of the recalled smoke detector not activating as part of the installation process.

Recalled smoke alarms have model numbers of MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11.

The smoke alarms are white with a diameter of 5½ inches.

Consumers would have purchased the recalled smoke detectors from July 2015 to December 2016.

Not at all of the listed models fall under the recall, the USPCS says. Consumers can check to see if their smoke detectors are properly functioning.

Consumers should press the test button on the smoke detector to determine if it is operating properly.

“If the alarm sounds no further action is required,” the safety agency said.

A smoke alarm that does sound during a test should be replaced. Consumers can reach out to Universal Security for a replacement.

Consumers can contact Universal Security Instruments at 877-612-6955 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT Monday through Friday.