August 4, 1999
Mealane Corp. Recalls of Star Fire Sprinklers
PHILADELPHIA, PA (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mealane Corp. of Philadelphia, Pa., is
voluntarily recalling up to 1 million "Star" brand fire sprinklers manufactured
from 1961 through 1976. These sprinklers could fail in a fire, exposing the public to
bodily injury or death. These sprinklers have been installed nationwide, primarily in
nursing homes. They also may be found in hospitals, schools, resorts, stores, office
buildings, warehouses and supermarkets.
CPSC reports that 67 percent of the sprinklers that were removed from locations across the
country and submitted for testing to independent testing laboratories, such as by
Underwriters Laboratories and Factory Mutual Research Corp., failed to activate as they
should. CPSC has received one report of a Star sprinkler allegedly not functioning in a
bedroom fire in a nursing home.
The Star sprinklers being recalled are dry-type
models D-1, RD-1, RE-1, E-1 and ME-1 made from 1961 through 1976. The name
"Star" appears on the sprinkler, along with the model number and date of
manufacture. With "dry-type" sprinklers, portions of the pipe do not have water
in them until the sprinkler activates. The former Star Sprinkler Co., of Philadelphia,
Pa., sold its assets and changed its name in June 1976 and became known as Mealane Corp.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an independent,
not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits hospitals and other
long-term-care facilities, is supporting the recall with CPSC.
Consumers and property owners should determine whether their facilities contain these
recalled sprinklers and if so, call the Star Sprinkler Recall Hotline at (800) 866-7807 or
access the website at www.star-recall.com to
participate in the recall. Mealane will provide free replacement sprinkler heads and
reimbursement for the labor costs of removing and replacing the old units.
CPSC is continuing its ongoing investigation of fire sprinklers.
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.