Lifetone recalls clocks meant to alert hearing impaired users to fires

Recall: Fire alarm and clocks fail to operate and fully alert users to fires

Lifetone fire alarm clocks meant to alert those with hearing impairments to fires in their homes are under recall because they aren't working properly, the company announced.

Lifetone Technology said the bedside fire alarm and clock can fail to operate and fully alert consumers to a fire. Lifetone has received 77 reports of alarms with a blank screen, but no injuries have been reported.

About 10,000 of the clocks were sold online at for about $215 and were installed by fire departments and the American Red Cross nationwide from November 2016 through September 2018.

The recall involves Lifetone HLAC151 Bedside Fire Alarm and Clock with serial numbers ranging from AC160600001 through AC160604102 and AC170100001 through AC170106030 only. The serial number is printed on the left side of the silver sticker on the bottom of the unit.

The bedside alarm and clock is an assistive alerting device intended for in-home use by individuals with hearing loss. The alarm detects the T3 emergency signal given by existing smoke alarms. When the T3 signal from a smoke alarm is detected, the alarm signals at a lower frequency, which may be better heard by individuals with mild to severe hearing loss.

The alarm also gives spoken emergency signals “FIRE GET OUT” in both English and Spanish.

Defective units continue to sound a low frequency emergency audio signal and spoken signal “FIRE GET OUT” in English and Spanish but the optional bed shaker, if attached, will not operate.

The white, rectangle clock measures 8.5 inches wide by 4.2 inches high by 4.5 inches wide. The fire alarm and clock has “Lifetone” printed on the front of the unit and a digital display with the date, time and type of emergency. There is a large black dome-shaped microphone on the top left of the alarm.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product if the digital display is not working and contact Lifetone Technology to receive a prepaid label for the return of the alarms and instructions on receiving a free replacement alarm.

Lifetone Technology can be reached at 800-648-7923 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at and click on the Product Safety tab for more information.

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