Check your smoke alarms! ESL and Interlogix are recalling over 30 models because of serious flaw that put your home or business in danger.
Certain radio frequencies could create interference that causes ESL and Interlogix brand 400 and 500 series wired smoke detectors to stop working. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking anyone with these models to contact their security or fire system provider to see if they're detector is part of the recall.
Edwards and Interlogix smoke detectors are identical. The 2-wire or 4-wire detectors are round, white and measure 6 inches across by 2 inches high. The smoke detectors were made for professional installation and used primarily in commercial buildings, schools, hotels/motels, apartments, dormitories and homes as part of the fire alarm system. Recalled units have date codes 13084 through 14059 with the first two digits representing the year, for example: 13 for 2013 and 14 for 2014; and the last three digits representing the day of the year, for example: 084 is the 84th day of 2013, which is March 25, 2013. The initials ESL, the date code and one of the following model numbers are printed on a label on the back of the detector’s cover and on the product’s packaging.
There are a lot of models affected: 429AT, 429C, 429CAD, 429CRT, 429CST, 429CT, 429CTAD, 449AT, 449C, 449CRT, 449CSRH, 449CSRT, 449CST, 449CSTE, 449CT, 449CTE, 511C, 518C, 521B, 521BXT, 521B-10PKDMP, 521B-10PKG, 521BXT-10PKG, 521BXT-DMP-10PKG, 528B, 528CRXT, 541C, 541C-10PKG, 541CXT, 541CXT-10PK and 548C.
If your smoke alarm is part of the recall, you'll get a new version for free. But, you shouldn't remove the defective detector yourself. Wait for your provider to come with the new model for a free installation.