January 19, 1996
Release # 96-061
|CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC Warns of Failures With Sinostone Carbon
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission is urgently warning consumers that approximately 18,700 SC-01 carbon monoxide
(CO) detectors imported and distributed by Sinostone Corporation of Wood Dale, Ill., may
fail to alarm. As a result, consumers could be exposed to dangerous levels of carbon
monoxide, a colorless, odorless, toxic gas, which could lead to serious injury or death.
CPSC tested SC-01 detectors and found that the detectors could fail to alarm at
concentrations of CO as high as 1,000 parts per million. Concentrations at this level
could lead to permanent brain damage or death in as little as 35 minutes.
CPSC requested that Sinostone recall the detectors, remove them from store shelves, and
contact retailers and consumers about this recall. CPSC is unilaterally issuing this press
release concerning Sinostone's SC-01 CO detectors because the company is unable to
participate in a recall and has not warned the public about potential risks associated
with the CO detectors.
The rectangular, grey, plastic detectors measure approximately 5.5 inches long, 3.25
inches wide, and 1.5 inches deep, with vertical vents and the word "Accusniffer"
on the front of the detector. A green "Power" light and a red "Alarm"
light appear in the center of the detectors above the "Test/Reset" button. The
model number, company name, and address are located on a sticker on the back of the
detector. The detectors have a white cord and plug and a battery back-up system.
Hardware stores and home improvement stores sold the detectors nationwide from October
1994 to August 1995 for a wholesale price of approximately $28. The detectors were
packaged in a rectangular green box labeled in part, "Accusniffer...110 Volt Plug-in
plus Battery Backup...SC-01, Stand alone model..."
Consumers are urged to stop using Sinostone SC-01 CO detectors and replace them with new
detectors that meet the October 1, 1995 requirements of Underwriters Laboratories Standard
CO is produced when fuel is burned with incomplete combustion. CO poisoning from home
fuel-burning appliances and camping equipment kills at least 250 people each year and
sends another 5,000 to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. Symptoms of carbon monoxide
poisoning are similar to the flu (without the fever). They include dizziness, fatigue,
headache, nausea, and irregular breathing. Common sources of carbon monoxide include room
heaters, furnaces, charcoal grills, ranges, water heaters, and fireplaces.
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types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
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