March 05, 2014

Counterfeit Hochiki America Corporation Conventional Photoelectric Smoke Detector

  • Type of Notification: Counterfeiting
  • FM Approval Status: Not FM Approved

Alert Summary

FM Approvals has been notified by Hochiki America Corporation of a potential safety concern involving FM Approved Model SLV-24N Conventional Photoelectric Smoke Detector used with NS6 Series, NS4 Series or HSC Relay 2-wire detector bases or HSC-4R 4-wire detector bases.

Product Identity

SLV-24N Conventional Photoelectric Smoke Detector.

Description

Hochiki America Corporation has identified distribution of a counterfeited Model SLV-24N Conventional Photoelectric Smoke Detector. The source of the counterfeited detector had not yet been revealed.

Make/Model

SLV-24N Conventional Photoelectric Smoke Detector.

Nameplate Data

Label Nameplate SLV-24N/-24NW, P/N HA-01-477, Rev. I (dated 01/24/13).

FM Approval

FM Approved, Project ID 3033131.

Geographic Area

Egypt (Arab Republic of Egypt).

Hazard Involved

The product in question is a Model SLV-24N Conventional Photoelectric Smoke Detector. It bears the labeling indicating it is capable of detecting smoke levels within its sensitivity range of 0.5 to 3.8%/ft (1.64 to 12.47%/m). The detector had been returned to Hochiki America Corporation by an end user who complained that the device did not work as intended. Hochiki America Corporation has identified the detector as a counterfeit. Furthermore, during internal tests on the counterfeit detector performed by the Hochiki America Corporation, the detector did not function as intended. Hochiki believes that any of the detector bases the counterfeit detector was used with - NS6 Series, NS4 Series or HSC Relay 2-wire detector bases or HSC-4R 4-wire detector bases - (not returned to the Hochiki America Corporation by the end user) was also counterfeit. Since there is no evidence these counterfeit products have ever been tested to the rigorous requirements of any testing and certification organization, including FM Approvals, we advise that use of these products presents a serious safety concern for the user. The source of the counterfeit detector has not yet been discovered.

Using This Product?

If you suspect you are in possession of any of the affected equipment listed above bearing the FM Approvals certification marking, please bring that to the attention of:

Robert Lovell

Norwood, MA, United States

+1 (1) 781-255-4820

Email

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Figure 1. Counterfeit SLV-24N PCB on the left, genuine on the right.

Figure 2. Counterfeit SLV-24N Chamber Mold on the left, genuine on the right.

Figure 3. Counterfeit SLV-24N Chamber Mold cover on the left, genuine on the right.

Figure 4. Counterfeit SLV-24N Insect cover on the left, genuine on the right.

Figure 5. This is a Counterfeit Label Nameplate (above).

Figure 6. Genuine Label Nameplate [From Drawing Label Nameplate SLV-24N/-24NW, P/N HA-01-477, Rev. I (dated 01/24/13)]