Notifier recalls, reassures

SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, February 1, 2009

NORTHFORD, Conn.--Notifier in January recalled a limited number of Notifier panels that use a specific type of firmware manufactured for three months in the spring and summer of 2008.

“Safety is the top priority at Honeywell,” said Jim Green, business communications leader for Honeywell Life Safety in an email interview. 

“In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Honeywell is voluntarily recalling operating system firmware in specific sets of Notifier by Honeywell fire alarm control panels.  We have contacted all known customers [and informed them ]on how to receive replacement firmware and the appropriate action to take,” he added.

A limited number of  NFS-640, NFS2-640 and NFS-320 panels with addressable beam detectors (FSB-200) that use a polling protocol called FlashScan. More specifically, the recalled panels are: NFS2-640 and NFS-320 manufactured between May 21, 2008 and July 15, 2008 with version 011.002.002 (11.2.2) firmware; and NFS-640 manufactured between June 6, 2008 and July 15, 2008 with version 003.014.001 (3.14.1) firmware.

Panels using these specific versions of firmware and FlashScan “will not properly process an alarm condition originating from the beam detector. This may result in delayed reporting in the actual event of a fire.”

However, the recall notice points out that “this issue would have been identified with all new installations during initial acceptance testing required by NFPA 72.

This firmware was available for download from May 20, 2008 to July 21, 2008. Notifier is recommending that customers with these systems, which were installed on or after May 21 to contact their Notifier distributor.  

“No incidents or injuries have been reported,” Green said.