Deadline to report recalled fire sprinklers for replacement nears

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April 25, 2011

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The deadline is fast approaching for residential and commercial property owners to report and receive replacements for defective fire sprinklers, recalled in June 2007. The initial recall, which includes a voluntary replacement program, included about 300,000 model J series dry fire sprinklers manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler. The recall was announced due to a concern that the sprinklers can deteriorate over time and fail to operate in a fire situation. The deadline for home and commercial property owners to submit a claim and receive replacement sprinkler heads is June 1, 2011.

To participate in the replacement sprinkler program, property owners must submit “Proof of Claim” and “Waiver and Release of Claims” forms to Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation 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 at (800) 248-0278 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

This deadline relates only to the Globe model J dry type sprinklers recalled on June 12, 2007. It 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: (1) had replacement sprinklers installed by Globe Fire Sprinkler; (2) submitted a claim to Globe Fire Sprinkler that has been deemed complete and installation of the replacement heads is pending; or (3) confirmed that their sprinkler heads are not covered by the Globe Fire Sprinkler model J dry type recall. Building owners who have previously submitted an incomplete claim will be sent a reminder notice reminding them to send in any missing information or materials by the June 1, 2011 deadline or else 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.

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