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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
December 18, 1992
Release # 93-026

Defective Alarm Prompts Recall of Battery Powered Smoke Detectors

PRODUCT: Certain models and date codes of battery operated smoke detectors manufactured by Seatt Corporation sold after July 10, 1992 by the following firms:

Black and Decker Walter Kidde Portable Equipment
Safety First Jameson Home Products
Maple Chase Funtech

PROBLEM: The smoke detectors may not sound in the event of a fire.

WHAT TO DO; If you purchased a smoke detector on or after July 10, 1992, check the label on the back for the involved models and date codes. If you have an affected unit, call 1-800-952-1331 for Black and Decker units; (or return to Black and Decker service center) 1-800-492-4949 for all other brands

WASHINGTON, DC -- Six brands of battery powered smoke detectors are being recalled because they may not sound an alarm in the event of a fire. Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Seatt Corporation, Downers Grove, IL urged any consumer who purchased a battery powered smoke detector on or after July 10, 1992 to check the unit immediately to see if it is involved in this recall. According to information provided by Seatt Corporation, the brands and models affected are:

Firm Brand Model Date Code
Black & Decker Slim Line SMK100
SMK200
SMK300
9228 to 9246
Jameson Home Poducts, Inc. CODE 1 2000 Model A, C and D 92192 to 92231
Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. Kidde Smoke and Fire Alarm KSA700 92192 to 92231
Safety First Baby's Room Smoke & Fire Alarm 244 92192 to 92231
Funtech Safety's Sake Model A 92192 to 92231
Maple Chase Firex Model A and B 92192 to 92231

These battery powered smoke detectors were sold nationwide since July 10, 1992 in major retail and specialty stores. Approximately 120,000 affected smoke detectors are believed to be in use by consumers.

To determine if you have an affected smoke detector, examine the label on the back of the smoke detector for the model and date codes listed above. If the smoke detector has been installed, remove the smoke detector from its brackets by twisting the detector counterclockwise to remove the detector from the wall and expose the label. Only the listed models having the listed date codes are involved. Other date codes of these models are not involved.

Consumers with involved units should immediately call the following recall hotlines to obtain a free replacement smoke detector even if the smoke detector sounds when tested and appears to be working properly:

1-800-952-1331 for Black and Decker units only; (or return to Black and Decker service center).  The toll-free number issued at the time of this recall for all other brands is no longer in service.

To date there have been no reports of injuries or damage resulting from failure of these smoke detectors. Seatt Corporation, the manufacturer of the smoke detectors, voluntarily reported this problem to the CPSC.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks associated with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction. The Commission recommends the use of smoke detectors in all homes. The Commission staff is currently involved in an ongoing priority project on smoke detectors to increase awareness, maintanence, and usage of smoke detector.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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