Recall: GE Security Inc. Retrofit/Recall of Smoke Detector Systems

December 22, 2004
Alert #05-526

CPSC, GE Security Inc. Announce Retrofit/Recall of Smoke Detector Systems

The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Smoke Detector Systems

Units: Approximately 246,800 smoke detectors

Manufacturer: GE Security Inc., of Austin, Texas.

Hazard: The smoke alarms can fail to activate during a fire or emergency, if installed in combination with certain control panels.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled smoke detection systems involve hard-wired S10A ESL smoke detectors that are incompatible with certain ITI control panels as well as certain S09A/S10A listed ESL smoke detectors that may be incompatible with control panels from other manufacturers. Model numbers are printed on the back of the smoke detectors. Inside the ITI control panel is a label that lists the name and model number of the unit. The following model names and model numbers of ITI control panels are incompatible when installed with the following model numbers of ESL smoke detectors:

Smoke Detector Model Numbers

521B (when SW1 is OFF)
521BXT (when SW1 is OFF)

*In addition, the models 521NB and
521NBXT detectors, if installed in the
S09A configuration, may self-adjust to
an S10A configuration. Thus, these two
model detectors may not be compatible
with other manufacturer's control panels
that are only S09A compatible.
ITI Control Panel Model Names and Model Numbers

  • 60-734-01
  • 60-801
  • 60-801-01
  • 60-792-01-95R-16Z
  • 60-792-01-95R-32Z
  • 60-792-95R-32Z
  • 60-562 (-01 through -06)
Concord Express:
  • 60-806-95R-16Z
  • 60-806-95R

Sold by: Distributors, dealers and installers of security systems nationwide from June 2002 through October 2004. The smoke detectors and the control panels were sold separately as individual components, and were also sold together as part of a security system for between $180 and $1,150.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should contact their system installer or service provider to arrange for a free repair or replacement to make the smoke detectors and control panel systems compatible.

Consumer Contact: Call GE Security at (800) 648-7422 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at

Picture of Recalled Smoke Detector

Picture of Recalled control panel

Picture of Warning