Both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. are urging residential and commercial property owners with model <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">J dry-type series fire sprinklers covered under a previously-announced recall, and who have not yet filed a claim to replace them, to contact Globe Fire Sprinkler immediately.
Home and commercial property owners should immediately submit their claim, as the program for receiving replacement heads ends June 1, 2011. The prior recall notice can be accessed on the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11203.html.
The voluntary replacement program, first announced in June 2007, included about 300,000 model J series dry fire sprinklers manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler. The program was initiated over concerns the sprinklers can deteriorate over time and fail to operate in a fire situation.
In June 2007, the CPSC noted that Globe received five reports of sprinklers that failed to operate as intended during a fire. Globe received no reports of injuries caused by sprinklers failing to operate at that time.
To participate in the replacement sprinkler program, property owners must submit â€œProof of Claimâ€ and â€œWaiver and Release of Claimsâ€ forms to Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation; the documents must be postmarked by June 1, 2011. Valid claims received prior to the deadline will qualify for replacement sprinkler heads.
Consumers can obtain the claim forms, additional information on identifying the sprinklers covered by this recall, and instructions on filing a claim by visiting www.globesprinkler.com or by calling Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation, toll-free, at 1.800.248.0278 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
This deadline relates only to the Globe model J dry type sprinklers recalled on June 12, 2007. This deadline does not involve additional models of sprinklers other than those named in the June 2007 recall announcement.
Building owners need not take any further action if they have:
â€¢ Had replacement sprinklers installed by Globe Fire Sprinkler,
â€¢ Submitted a claim to Globe Fire Sprinkler that has been deemed complete and installation of the replacement heads is pending, or
â€¢ Confirmed that their sprinkler heads are not covered by the Globe Fire Sprinkler model J dry type recall.
Building owners who previously submitted an incomplete claim will be sent a reminder notice to send in any missing information or materials by the June 1, 2011 deadline or their claim will be void.
Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. urges all other building owners to consult with their fire sprinkler installer and/or check their system records as soon as possible to determine whether their sprinkler heads are covered by this program.