September 11, 2003CPSC, GE Interlogix Announce Recall of
following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation
with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless
Name of Product: ESL Smoke Detectors
Manufacturer: GE Interlogix (GEI), of Tualatin, Ore.
Hazard: These smoke detectors may fail to work properly upon installation or
if there is an extended loss of power. If the smoke alarms fail to detect
fire or smoke, it poses a serious hazard to occupants inside of the
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received no reports of incidents. This
recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
Description: The ESL 500N smoke detectors are hard-wired and require
professional installation. The recalled alarms have the following model
numbers, which are located on the back of the detectors: 521NB, 521NCSXT,
541NB, 541NCSXT, 541NCXTE, 521NBXT, 521NCSRXT, 541NBXT, 541NCSRH, 541NCSXTE,
521NCRXT, 541NCRXT, and 541NCSRXT. Also on the back of the alarms are the
letters, "ESL," and the manufacturing date code of "0223" through "0323"
(23rd week of 2002 through 23rd week of 2003). Units that may not work
properly can be identified by the lack of the flashing red indicator light,
though all units with the aforementioned model and dates codes should be
Sold At: Distributors, dealers and installers of security systems nationwide
sold or installed these smoke detectors from June 2002 through June 2003 for
between $125 and $175.
Manufactured In: U.S.A.
Remedy: Consumers should contact the company to receive free installation of
a replacement smoke detector.
Consumer Contact: Contact GEI at (800) 648-7422 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT
Monday through Friday or log on to the company's Web site at
www.ge-interlogix.com/500N. Consumers also can contact their installer or
service provider to determine if they have a recalled unit and/or to arrange
for the free installation of a new unit.