Fire Control Panels Recalled by Bosch Security Systems Corp. Due to Alarm Failure Posing a Fire Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Fire Alarm Control Panel
Units: About 330
Manufacturer: Bosch Security Systems, Inc., of Fairport, N.Y.
Hazard: On all systems, when the alarm verification feature of the system is turned on, the control panel can fail to sound an alarm if a fire occurs. In addition, on systems with 50 or more reporting stations, a delay in sounding an alarm and reporting a fire may occur if the loop for the alarm system is broken.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The Bosch-branded fire alarm panel is locking red wall box with dimensions 22.7 high by 14.5 wide by 4.3 deep. The status, date and time can be seen through a glass screen on the panel door. The word BOSCH is printed on the right corner of the panel and the model number FPA-1000-UL is printed on the bottom left below the glass screen. The alarm panels featured software versions 1.10, 1.11 and 1.12, which can be determined by installers. They were designed to be used in small to medium-sized facilities in both public and residential buildings.
Sold at: Authorized distributors and installers nationwide from May 2009 through October 2011 for about $1,200.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: All distributors and installers are being sent two technical bulletins. One provides instructions for how to implement a software change that will correct the verification feature. The second contains instructions for how to handle warnings from affected systems with 50 or more stations. Those who have not received the bulletins should contact Bosch.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Bosch Security Systems at (800) 289-0096 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET or visit service/customer care on the firms website at http://www.boschsecurity.us/en-us/ for instructions on how to download software to update the control panels or otherwise address the problems.