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Major recall for thousands of smoke alarms

(CNN) - Almost 500,000 smoke alarms that might fail are being recalled.

Safety device brand Kidde says it sold about 450,000 of the alarms in the United States and another 40,000 in Canada.

The affected units are model numbers P-P-I-20-10 and P-I-90-10 with manufacturer dates between September 2016 and October 2017.

They were sold through retailers including Walmart, Amazon, and Home Depot, as well as Kidde's website.

Kidde advises customers to remove their fire alarms from walls or ceilings and look through the opening on the side for a yellow cap.  The cap can prevent smoke from reaching sensors and activating the alarm.

Customers that see yellow caps should contact the company for a replacement unit.  If no cap is present, the alarm can be safely re-installed.


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