ADT is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall more than 20,000 of these carbon monoxide detectors that have been installed across the country, including Pennsylvania.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, but, being colorless, odorless, tasteless, and initially non-irritating, it is very difficult for people to detect. It is often created in home settings by old vehicles and other gas-powered tools, heaters, and cooking equipment. Exposure of 100 ppm or greater can be dangerous to human health. Symptoms of CO poisoning include lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, vertigo, and flu-like effects. Larger exposures can lead to significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, and even death.
In light of how difficult it is for people to protect themselves against this gas, ADT’s detector is marketed as a warning system to keep people from being exposed. The CPSC warns that consumers who have purchased one of these ADT CO detection systems should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The exact name of the carbon monoxide detector is “CO 1224T Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector.” They are manufactures by Sensor System, of St. Charles, Il., and distributed by ADT Security Services Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla.
The problem is that when the CO detectors reach the end of their useful life, they should send a signal to make a sound in the home alarm panel alerting consumers that it’s time for replacement. The detectors are also supposed to signal ADT’s alarm monitoring call center that it’s time for replacement. Some of the detectors, however, have been defectively wired to the ADT alarm system. This has resulted in the sound not going off in the home alarm and no signal being sent to ADT at the end of its useful life. It goes without saying that this creates a CO poisoning hazard to consumers.
The recall concerns CO detectors installed by ADT between October 2008 and December 2010 as part of home security systems. Consumers are warned to contact ADT immediately for a free inspection of the recalled detectors and, if necessary, a free repair. The carbon monoxide detector in question is shown below.
Individuals injured as a result of these defective carbon monoxide detectors are advised to contact a lawyer immediately to protect your legal rights.