Central Sprinkler to Replace Millions of Sprinklers

Concerned that older sprinkler heads with O-ring seals may not function properly, the Central Sprinkler Company, Landsdale, Pa., owned by Tyco International Ltd., has volunteered to replace 30 million fire sprinklers.

07/19/2001


Concerned that older sprinkler heads with O-ring seals may not function properly, the Central Sprinkler Company, Landsdale, Pa., owned by Tyco International Ltd., has volunteered to replace 30 million fire sprinklers.

"These are not defective heads and this deterioration takes place over a very long period of time," Tyco's Chief Executive Dennis Kozlowski told the Associated Press.

The majority of recalled sprinklers are of the glass-bulb variety, a number of which were found to leak and then malfunction at required water pressures when tested by Underwriters Laboratories.

The recall, coordinated in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), covers wet sprinklers with O-rings manufactured between 1989 and 2000, and dry sprinklers with O-rings manufactured from the mid-70s to June 2001.

This is the second Central Sprinkler recall since 1998 when the CPSC ordered the sprinkler manufacturer to replace 8.4 million Omega sprinklers and to pay a $1.3 million fine.

For more information on this recall, visit CPSC's Web site at: www.cpsc.gov .





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