Fire Alarm Control Panels Recalled

About 530 <"">Fire Alarm Control Panels have been recalled by Fire-Lite Alarms of Northford, Connecticut, due to alert failure, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising building managers to stop relying on this product’s models (listed below) to provide adequate fire warning. The CPSC also notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled fire alarm control panels used with an SLC-2LS expander module can fail to sound an alarm in the event of a fire. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with this recalled item.

This recall involves the Fire-Lite model MS-9600LS Series control panel that uses the SLC-2LS Expander Module. The following control panel model numbers included in this recall are: MS-9600LS, MS-9600LSC, MS-9600LSE, MS-9600UDLS, MS-9600UDLSE, UNIMODE9600LS, and UNIMODE9600UDLS.

The control panel is the main portion of the fire alarm system. The software in the expander module tells the system to sound an alarm and flash warning lights. The words “Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell” and the model number are located on the front of the fire alarm control panel.

The recalled Fire Alarm Control Panels, which were manufactured in the United States, were sold by authorized wholesalers and distributors nationwide from October 2008 through March 2010 for between about $875 for the expander module and $2,285 for the control panel. These distributors resold and/or installed the control panels and modules for use in commercial facilities such as office buildings.

The CPSC is advising building managers to contact Fire-Lite Alarms for a free software upgrade. Fire-Lite Alarms is contacting its customers directly; however, Fire-Lite Alarms’ technical service department can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 627-3473 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at

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