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Fire Sprinkler Omega Recall

  
  
  

In October of 1998, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Central Sprinkler Company issued a joint nationwide recall of 8.4 million Omega brand fire sprinklers. However last week, we had two new customers with Central Model HEC-12 installed and had no idea they were part of the recall. This 1998 recall originally represented less than two percent of the total number of sprinkler heads in use (8.4 million out of over 500 million). Knowing sprinkler systems are extremely reliable and will provide the expected high degree of life and property safety, we would like to remind you that Omega heads are still recalled and replacement is at the customers' expense.
 
We strongly encouraged the public and building owners to find out if they have Omega sprinklers installed in their buildings and to contact Master Craft if Omegas are installed. The recall came about because there were 17 cases in which some Omega sprinklers failed to activate. Fortunately, there has been no loss of life in these fires, and we know that there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of successful activations with Omega sprinklers. Fire sprinklers do save lives!


fire sprinkler recallFire sprinklers have a superior success rate when properly inspected and maintained. They have been installed in buildings for more than 100 years and about 30 million sprinkler heads are now installed each year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there have been no instances of multiple fatalities in buildings protected with sprinklers. Fire sprinklers for residential dwellings have been available since the early 80’s. Jurisdictions that require sprinklers in homes report that there have been zero fire deaths in homes protected with sprinklers.
Building and home owners with automatic fire sprinkler systems are encouraged to find out if they have Omegas installed.

The recall of the Omega sprinklers includes models referred to or marked as follows:

  • C1 (or C-1)
  • C1A (or C-1A)
  • C-1A PRO (or C1-A PRO)
  • C1-A PRO QR
  • EC-20
  • EC-20A
  • R-1
  • R-1A
  • R-1M
  • Flow Control (FC, Flow Control-FC)
  • Protector-M or M Protector (Upright, Pendent, Sidewall, Sidewall EC)
  • HEC-12
  • EC-12 RES
  • HEC-12 EC
  • HEC-12 EC PRO
  • HEC-12 ID
  • HEC-12 PRO
  • HEC-12 PRO QR
  • HEC-20
  • Prohibitor QR and AC 

Comments

How was the building owner notified when the recall first went into effect?
Posted @ Thursday, May 19, 2011 2:40 PM by John
John, Omega set up a Recall Hotline to request an information packet. News media covered the recall in 1999. Since then, I would hope your fire sprinkler inspector noted it on your last inspection form. Unfortunately Central, who purchased Omega, is no longer offering consumers free replacement nor reimbursement to help pay for the cost of installing the new sprinklers. Best regards and get those heads replaced!
Posted @ Thursday, May 19, 2011 2:56 PM by Brian Johnston
I just recently found out that I moved into a home that has the recalled omega sprinkler heads installed. It was sold by a bank and it advertised as one of the major selling points. The home was built in 1997 and the recall wasn't until 1999. My question is, who would have been responsible on letting the homeowners no about the recall. Should the inspector that was hired prior to buying the home informed us? Should the HOA have been responsible or the bank that sold the home? 
 
 
 
Thanks for your time, 
 
Anthony
Posted @ Saturday, October 08, 2011 2:32 PM by Anthony
My Father-in-law recently purchased a home w/ Omega Fire Sprinklers. Who is responsible for the replacement of them? 
 
Please respond...
Posted @ Tuesday, January 03, 2012 4:32 PM by Adam R.
Unfortunately, there is no longer a program that I know of for noticing owners or a reimbursement program to help pay for the cost of installing the new sprinklers. In Florida, the building owner is responsible to replace the recalled heads in the common areas. If there are unit/condo owners, they are responsible for the heads within their unit of ownership.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 04, 2012 10:07 AM by Brian Johnston
I own an small apartment building that I purchased in 2004. Was the sprinkler inspector that inspected the system two times since the recall suppose to have inspected the heads in the apartments? That did not happen so now my new inspector did his job and told me I need to replace the heads on seven units. I think I have recourse with the company that inspected but did not do it properly.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:35 PM by R Baker
i agree sprinkler systems are extremely reliable and will provide the expected high degree of life and property safety.great article
Posted @ Wednesday, January 09, 2013 7:02 PM by Brandy Espinoza
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