March 28, 2018

Performance Related Concern with Kidde-Fenwal Inc. Electric Manual Release (EMR) sub-component of the Kidde Sentinel Off-Road Vehicle Protection System

  • Type of Notification: Performance Related Concern
  • FM Approval Status: FM Approved

FM Approvals has been made aware of a manufacturing defect that affects the performance of the Electric Manual Release (EMR), a sub-component of the Kidde Sentinel Off-Road Vehicle Protection System.   


Company Identity: Kidde-Fenwal Inc

Address: 400 Main Street, Ashland, Massachusetts 01721, USA

Contact Information: Tech Support (866) 287-2531 or


Product Identity: Part Number 83-132455-000

Description: Electric Manual Release (EMR)


FM Approval Status:  Electric Manual Release (EMR) 83-132455-000 is not FM Approved unless used with an FM Approved Sentinel system bearing the FM Certification mark.


Hazard Involved:  Units manufactured since June 2014 were assembled using an excess of thread locking compound, with no provisions to prevent the material from building underneath the actuator button and preventing the button from actuating the electrical contacts of the integral switch. This could result in the EMR not initiating an extinguishing agent release when manually actuated. A total of 444 affected units have been shipped to customers.


Kidde-Fenwal Inc is conducting an exchange program for product that falls within the identified date code range, as detailed in the attached bulletin.

Using This Product?

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

Antonio Pires

Norwood, MA, United States

+1 (1) 781-255-4825