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Universal Security Instruments recalls smoke alarms

The alarms may fail to alert consumers to a fire

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Universal Security Instrument of Owings Mills, Md., is recalling about 180,000 battery-powered smoke and fire alarms.

The smoke alarms can have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.

The company has received 134 reports of failure to activate properly during installation.

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

The smoke alarms are white 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.

The alarms, manufactured in Hong Kong, were sold online through specialty wholesalers and others from July 2015, to December 2016, about $20

What to do

Consumers should immediately inspect their smoke alarms to determine if it will activate appropriately. Press the test button to determine if it is operating properly. If the alarm sounds no further action is required.

Additional instructions are located on the firm’s website.

If the smoke alarm does not sound during the test, consumers should immediately contact Universal Security for a replacement.

Consumers may contact Universal Security Instruments at (877) 612-6955 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.

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