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May 25, 2000

Three Brands of Smoke Alarms Recalled by Universal Security Instruments

Three Brands of Smoke Alarms Recalled by Universal Security InstrumentsOwings Mills, MD (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Universal Security Instruments Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 34,000 smoke alarms. The smoke alarms can fail to alarm when smoke or fire is present. A capacitor in the alarm can burn out, releasing smoke and melting the cover.

Universal has received three reports of alarms failing, releasing smoke. There has been one report of minor smoke damage to the wall of a mobile home. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers can identify the recalled models by removing the alarm cover from its base and looking for the manufacture date code and model number. The smoke alarms are made of white plastic and have the manufacture date code and model number imprinted on the back of the alarm.

Brand Model Number Description Date Code
Safe T Alert SA-785 AC only unit BCSR
Universal SS-785 AC unit only BCSR
Universal SS-795 AC/DC unit w/ battery backup BESS
USI Electric USI-1203 AC/DC unit w/ battery backup BESS

Some alarms do not have the brand name printed on the unit. Consumers should look at the model number to determine if it is a recalled alarm.

Electrical distributors, housing suppliers, and hardware stores sold these smoke alarms nationwide from April 1998 through June 1999 for between $10 and $15. Most of these smoke alarms were pre-installed in homes during construction.

Consumers should call Universal Security Instruments Inc. toll- free at (800) 390-4321 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free, replacement alarm.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 25, 2000.

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