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Trust this product? Don't Kidde yourself.
on 28 January 2013
1. According to the Amazon product description there is a backlight for the LCD display. There is a button on the unit marked "Self Test/Backlight". It's also described in the user manual included in the box. However, there is NO backlight function on this unit. It's been removed, even though the case of the unit still says there is one.
2. The self-test beep sequence is totally different to that described in the user manual included with the unit. Confusing and confidence-sapping.
On the Kidde website it's possible to find an on-line manual for the 5DCO. It is totally different to the one supplied in the box, and gives the correct beep sequences for self-test. It also has a different picture of the unit showing no backlight function, and there is no backlight mentioned anywhere in the instructions.
Kidde are shipping a detector that doesn't do what it says, with documentation that is inaccurate.
People DIE from carbon monoxide poisoning - we trust our detectors to warn us if we are at risk. I won't be trusting my life to a Kidde detector.