Certain Carbon Monoxide Alarms Sold on Amazon May Not Work, Feds Warn

Carbon monoxide detectors listed in the Consumer Product Safety Commission warning should be replaced immediately
ONETIMEALARMExample of one of the malfunctioning carbon monoxide alarms Image: CPSC

MONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning regarding carbon monoxide detectors available at Amazon and sold under the names GLBSUNION and CUZMAK as they may fail to alert consumers to the presence of deadly carbon monoxide.

More than 200 people in the United States die every year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning associated with consumer products. If an elevated level of the deadly gas is in the home and the detector is not working, injury or death are likely, the CPSC noted.

Sensitivity tests performed by the commission on the GLBSUNION and CUZMAK detectors found that they failed to alert when exposed to predetermined concentrations of carbon monoxide in the amount of 400 ppm. This is a violation of UL 2034, a voluntary safety standard, the commission said in a statement.

The carbon monoxide detectors in the warning are made of white plastic, with approximate dimensions of 4 by 1.5 by 4 inches. The devices are advertised to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and alert with a flashing red LED and a loud alarm pattern. The items sold on Amazon for between $16 and $40.

Model No. AJ-938 was sold under the Amazon ASIN B093Y1KK5Q and B093Y637CM. Model No. CD01 was sold under the Amazon ASIN B07MPVK6HG and B07K44HLCV. These detectors should not be purchased or sold. They need to be disposed of immediately, and new, working carbon monoxide detectors should be installed.

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