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Bulletin 2001-3
Issue Date: October 2001


SUBJECT:    O-Ring Sprinkler Recall
REFERENCE: N.J.A.C.  5:70-3.2(a)5, F-506.0


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler Company, an affiliate of Tyco Fire Products LP of Lansdale, PA have announced a voluntary recall and replacement of 35 million fire sprinklers containing O-rings.    The recall program also includes a limited number of O-ring models sold by Gem Sprinkler Company and Star Sprinkler, Inc., totaling about 167,000 heads.  The heads being replaced are not the glass bulb heads used to replace Central’s Omega heads.

Laboratory testing has indicated that most of the heads would operate in a fire situation, but certain of the heads required higher water pressure for activation than may be available in certain buildings.  Since the impact of this recall program will be broad, it will be phased in, with priority based on the age of the sprinkler, the type of population protected (institutional uses will receive priority), for example, and whether the sprinklers show signs of corrosion or leakage.

Central will provide, free of charge, replacement sprinkler heads with a “Belleville” seal and the labor that is needed.  The recalled sprinklers were installed nationwide in a variety of buildings, including residences, institutions, supermarkets, parking garages, warehouses and office buildings.  The recall involves approximately 33 million “wet” sprinklers and two million “dry” sprinklers, all with O-rings.

Owners of sprinkler-protected properties should be advised of the recall program when their buildings are inspected.  Owners can determine the make and model of their sprinklers by reviewing their installation and/or maintenance records.  For those who do not have access to these records, owners will need to conduct a visual inspection, or rely on their sprinkler maintenance company to do so, to determine if their sprinkler heads have O-ring seals and are part of the recall program.  A visual inspection should begin with the spare sprinkler cabinet in the protected building.

Sprinkler heads are stamped with the identifying name or logo of the manufacturer, the model and the year of manufacture.  Building owners finding the recalled heads should call the Notice Packet Request Line a 1 (800) 871-3492 or visit Central’s website at www.SprinklerReplacement.com.

Fire Officials may call Central’s Contractor and Industry Professional Hotline at
1 (866) 836-3928 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or visit the website.

The replacement program includes the following sprinkler heads manufactured with O-ring seals:

CENTRAL “WET” SPRINKLERS

(Manufactured from 1989 – 2000)

GB

 GB4-FR

  GB-R1

 BB2

     ELOC

  ELO-GB QR

GB-J

 GB4-EC

  GB-RS

 BB3

     ESLO

        LD

GB-1

 GB4- QREC    

  GB-R

 SD1

   ELO/SW-20

  K17-231

GB-ALPHA

 GB-20 

  ROC

 SD2

    ELO/SW-24

   Ultra K17

GB4

 GB-20 QR

  BB1 17/32

 SD3

   ESLO-20 GB

  ELO-16 GB

GB-QR

 GB-LO

  BB2 17/32

 HIP

   ELO-231 GB

GB MULTI-

  LEVEL

GBR-2

 LF

  BB3 17/32

 WS

   EL0-GB

GB-QR MULTI-

   LEVEL

GB-EC

 GBR

   BB1

 ELO-LH

ELO-231GBQR

 ELO-16 GBFR  

 

GEM “WET” SPRINKLERS

(Sold under Gem name from 1995-2001)

F927

Note:  Replacement sprinklers for Gem “Wet” sprinklers will not have “On-Off” functionality.

CENTRAL “DRY” SPRINKLERS

(Manufactured from Mid-1970s-2001)

A-1

GB

GB4-EC

ELO-16 GB

H-1

GB-QR

GB4-QREC

ELO-16 GB FR

J

GB4

ELO-231 GB

K

GB4-FR

ELO-GB QR


STAR “DRY” SPRINKLERS

(Manufactured from 1996-1998)

ME-1

SG

SG-QR

Q

Q-QR

 


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