On July 10, 2019, Universal Security Instruments of Owings Mills, MD issued a recall of their 10-year battery operated ionization smoke and fire alarms after receiving reports from consumers that the alarms failed to properly activate during installation.
Universal Security Instruments have recalled 180,000 of their Chinese made smoke detectors after 134 consumer reports of malfunction. The recalled smoke and fire alarms may contain a misaligned internal switch causing them to not activate properly, in turn posing a risk of injury and death in the case of a fire.
The model numbers included in the recall are MI3050S and MI3050SB with date codes 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11. These numbers can be found on a label on the back of the alarm. The alarms are white in color and 5 1/2 inches in diameter.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has offered instructions for consumers to check their alarms:
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 smoke alarm does not sound during the test, consumers should immediately contact Universal Security for a replacement.
Universal Security Instruments can be reached at 877-612-6955 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.UniversalSecurity.com and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates know that tragic fire cases are often times caused by defective or inefficient smoke detectors. Attorneys Tom Sweeney and Joseph Messa secured an eight-figure settlement after a family of seven perished in a fire that spread throughout their mobile home when a smoke detector failed to give timely warning. Messa & Associates has also secured a number of additional multi-million dollar verdicts regarding smoke detectors that did not sound.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling personal injury cases involving serious injuries resulting from, fires, burns and explosions. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have been injured in an explosion or fire, or have endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
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