Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
Public Information Office
Contact: Kevin R. Malone
1399 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, Nevada 89014
Office: (702) 486-1311 Pager: (702) 598-8926
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 1999
NEWS FROM: Office of State Fire Marshal 99-125
Detectors may fail to alarm when fire is present
In cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Interstate Engineering of Dallas, Texas is voluntarily recalling approximately 40,000 heat detectors. These heat detectors can fail to alarm or alarm for a shorter period of time than intended when fire is present.
Interstate Engineering and CPSC are aware of one incident when a heat detector failed to operate properly during a retail demonstration. Subsequent testing by Interstate Engineering produced approximately 38 additional failures. CPSC is not aware of any failures during use by consumers, and no injuries have been reported.
The heat detectors are round, have an off-white aluminum cover, are roughly 7 inches in diameter and 3 inches high, and have a round, brass colored metal disk at the center of the cover. They are mechanical and do not use batteries or electricity. The heat detectors were sold under the following private label brand names and models, which were printed on labels on the back of the detectors:
MasterGuard model MG-50/70;
Responsive model TR170;
Rescue II model R-50FT
The recalled heat detectors have the following serial numbers on the label that is beneath the removable mounting bracket on the back of each unit: 980400001 through 981108112. These heat detectors were sold nationwide primarily through in-home demonstrations and sales parties from May 1998 through December 1998 for about $225.00 or higher. Prices were determined by Interstate Engineerings private label resellers.
Consumers should stop using these heat detectors immediately and call Interstate for a free replacement at 888-516-0019 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday EDT.
Heat detectors are intended to supplement smoke alarms to warn of fire. But CPSC and the State Fire Marshal reminds consumers they should not rely on heat detectors as substitutes for smoke detectors.