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|Release # 92-130
BRK Recalls Wired-In Smoke Detectors Due
to Potential Alarm Failure
PRODUCT: Approximately 3.5 million BRK Electronics
wired-in (AC-powered) smoke detectors, manufactured between October 1987 and March 1990.
The defective smoke detectors have been marketed under the brand names BRK, First Alert
and Family Gard.
PROBLEM: The horns on the detectors may fail due to corrosion on the horns' electrical
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should call 1-800-228-2250 to obtain replacement wired- in smoke
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), BRK Electronics of Aurora, IL, is voluntarily recalling certain models of wired-in
(AC-powered) smoke detectors marketed under the BRK, First Alert, and Family Gard brand
names because the horns may fail to sound during a fire. Approximately 3.5 million of
these smoke detectors were manufactured between October 1987 and March 1990. None of the
company's battery-operated detectors are involved in this action.
BRK determined in its own testing programs that the horns on these detectors might fail
due to corrosion on the horns' electrical contacts. These detectors were wired into the
electrical circuits of new homes, apartments, and hotels between November 1987 and March
1990. Although BRK has received no reports of incidents or injuries associated with horn
failure, the company is recalling the smoke detectors to prevent the possibility that a
smoke detector horn might fail in a fire.
Consumers can identify the detectors from the attached line drawings and the owners
manuals. BRK is recalling the following brand names and model numbers of wired-in smoke
||1839I, 1839WI-M, 1839WI-12, 1839I12R, 2839I,
Consumers who believe they have the recalled models should contact BRK, toll-free, at
1-800-228-2250. The company will provide a new wired-in smoke detector free-of-charge to
replace each recalled detector. Because the recalled detectors are wired into the
building's electrical system, consumers should not attempt to remove or replace a recalled
detector before speaking with a BRK representative.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its
mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with
consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million
injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of
consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
BRK and the Commission remind consumers to test every smoke detector regularly as
instructed in the owners manual or on the detector.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.