News Alert!!: Owings Mills, MD: Universal Security Instruments recalls 180,000 smoke alarms due to risk of failure to alert consumers of a fire.

News Alert!!: Owings Mills, MD: Universal Security Instruments recalls 180,000 smoke alarms due to risk of failure to alert consumers of a fire.

Universal Security Instruments, of Owings Mills, Maryland is recalling smoke alarms due to the risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.

Universal Security Instruments has recalled 180,000 smoke detectors that can fail to sound an alarm because of a faulty switch.

According to the recall on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the company has received 134 reports of the alarms not working properly when tested after installation.

The recall involves Universal Security Instruments 10 year battery operated ionization smoke and fire alarms with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11.

The smoke alarms are white in color and 5½ inches in diameter.

“Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the alarm.

The label on the back of the alarm lists the model number and date code.

According to Universal Security Instruments, only one of its battery powered smoke detectors is affected by the recall—if you have a hardwired model, you don’t need to worry.

The problem is a misaligned internal switch, which the company says you can quickly tell whether your smoke detector is affected by pressing the test button.

If the alarm sounds, your smoke detector is okay. If it doesn’t, contact Universal Security Instruments for a free replacement.

Consumer can contact Universal Security Instruments at: 1 (877) 612-6955 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at: www.UniversalSecurity.comand click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.

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