October 31, 2003CPSC, Fire Control Instruments Announce
Recall for Audio Evacuation Units
product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise
Name of Product: Audio Evacuation Unit
Manufacturer: Fire Control Instruments, of Westwood, Mass.
Hazard: The AEU can enter a "sleep" mode where it does not communicate with
the system. When this occurs, audible evacuation signals associated with the
failed AEU will not operate and building occupants may not be warned of an
Incidents/Injuries: FCI has received seven reports of AEUs unexpectedly
entering a "sleep" mode. No injuries have been reported.
Description: All FCI AEUs (part number 1100-1171) manufactured prior to
April 12, 2003. These AEUs are used in FireVac 7200 System Control Units. A
label in the left center of the circuit board reads "FCI 7200" and "AEU."
All V5 versions below V5.2-008 and V6 versions below V6.0.14 are included in
Sold At: To FCI distributors nationwide from January 1998 through April 11,
2003 for a list price of $825.
Manufactured In: United States
Remedy: FCI will provide a new software chip set for each FireVac System at
Consumer Contact: Distributors who do not receive the new software chip set
or who have additional questions should contact their customer service
representative at (800) 633-1311 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday
Media Contact: Leslie Craddock at (203) 484-7161.