Smoke alarms recalled over battery problems
May 2, 2006
First Alert Inc. has announced the recall of
its First Alert® ONELINK™ Battery-Powered
Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide
(CO) alarms. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise
These alarms can drain the power from batteries
rapidly, causing premature low battery power.
Consumers will be alerted to the low battery
power and the need to replace the battery
by a chirping of the unit. If the batteries
on the smoke/CO alarm are not replaced before
the battery power terminates, the alarm will
not detect smoke in the event of a possible
fire and the presence of carbon monoxide.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and First Alert Inc./BRK
Brands Inc. have received about 329 reports
of premature low battery power in these
alarms. There have been no reports of injuries,
incidents or alarms failing to detect smoke
or carbon monoxide.
The recall involves
smoke and combination smoke/CO alarms. “First
Alert” and “ONELINK™” are
printed on the front of the alarm. The model
number and date code are printed on the back
of the alarm. Model number SA500 or SCO500
with a date code prior to March 3, 2006 are
included in this recall.
Manufactured in Mexico, the affected products
were sold at department, home and hardware
stores June 2005 through March 2006.
Consumers should contact
First Alert Inc./BRK Brands Inc. immediately
to receive a replacement alarm. Until a
new alarm is received, consumers should
test the batteries in the alarm weekly
by pressing the “test” button.
If the alarm signals a low battery alert,
consumers should immediately replace the
batteries. Consumers should not remove their
alarms until they have received a replacement
For more information, contact First Alert
Inc./BRK Brands Inc. at (800) 323-9005 between
8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday
or visit the