Universal Security Instruments

(Meredith) -- About 180,000 battery-powered smoke and fire detectors have been recalled due to failure risks. 

On its website, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says the alarms could have a misaligned internal switch which can cause the alarms to not activate properly. This can pose a risk when alerting people to a fire. 

The recall includes Universal Security Instruments 10-year battery operated ionization smoke and fire alarms. The alarms are white and 5 and a half inches in diameter. 

“Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the alarm. The label on the back lists the model number and date code.

The alarms being recalled have the model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB with data codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11.  

There have been 134 reports of failure for the alarms to properly activate during installation. 

The recall says the detectors were sold for about $20 online through specialty wholesalers from July 2015 through December 2016. 

The recall suggests consumers should inspect their smoke alarms and figure out if they will activate properly by pressing the test button. 

If the alarm sounds, the detector is fine and will work in the case of a fire. If, however, your alarm doesn’t sound, you should contact Universal Security for a replacement detector.

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