CPSC files administrative complaint against Central Sprinkler Corp.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking a nationwide recall of the approximately 10 million Omega fire sprinklers manufactured since 1982 by Central Sprinkler Corp. and its subsidiary Central Sprinkler Co. of Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
The CPSC alleged in an administrative complaint recently filed against the company that Central`s Omega series of fire sprinklers present a substantial product hazard. The complaint further alleges that “these sprinklers are defective and are likely to fail in a fire situation. The sprinklers may not properly activate in the event of a fire, thus exposing the public to bodily injury or death.” The CPSC is aware of six fires in which Omega fire sprinklers reportedly failed to operate. In one of these instances, more than $3 million in property damage occurred.
The CPSC action was taken after discussions with the company and its representatives failed to result in a voluntary recall and replacement plan acceptable to the Commission. In its release, the CPSC noted that this is only the second time in 10 years that it has filed such a suit. The complaint calls for extensive public notice of the hazard and remedy. The sprinklers are installed in homes, schools, hospitals, dormitories, nursing homes, offices, and other buildings.
The CPSC is asking that anyone aware of any instance in which an Omega sprinkler has failed to activate when tested or in a fire, or who has questions about this announcement, to call (800) 638-2772.