GE and carrier hit with class action lawsuit over alleged defect in fire control system

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The lawsuit seeks more than $5 million in response to a “defect” that renders fire control units non-compliant with the minimum standards required by UL and NFPA 72.

TRENTON, NJ – A class action lawsuit has been filed against General Electric Company and Carrier for allegedly selling burglar alarm and fire alarm system control units listed together with defects, hazards and nonconformities.

The units in question were sold under the Interlogix brand, and manufactured and sold by GE, UTC, UTC Security and Carrier.

According to the lawsuit, the Interlogix alarm system control unit was manufactured and sold by GE from 2002 to 2009 under the name GE Security, then UTC from 2010 to late 2015 under the brand name Interlogix, then UTC Security. from late 2015 to early 2020 under the Interlogix brand

It was later sold by Carrier under the Interlogix brand after UTC Security spun off into Carrier in early 2020.

The lawsuit states: “The serious defects, hazards and nonconformities of which the defendants have known for years, and/or must have known for years, and long before they designed, sold and put their products into the stream of Trade can lead to instantaneous and catastrophic failure of the combined alarm system control unit during a fire In this dangerously silent and non-functional state, instead of the alarm system performing its crucial safety function of people by audibly notifying all occupants inside the house of the fire emergency and the central station, the control unit listed by combination fails.

These alleged defects would cause the control units to fail to meet the minimum standards required by UL and NFPA 72 standards. The lawsuit says that before the defendants submitted their equipment for listing by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL, they were required to verify that their equipment was compliant.

The flaw pointed out in the lawsuit is that if the data bus circuit wiring is faulty and/or shorted wherever installed throughout the home by a fire, the non-compliant control unit is instantly rendered non-functional. .

If the Listed Combination Control Unit was compliant, a fire attacking the Listed Combination Control Unit’s single data bus circuit or any equipment necessary to connect to the Listed Combination Control Unit’s single data bus combination listed should not cause system shutdown. rendered non-functional, because compliance with UL and NFPA 72 standards specifically prohibits such loss of functionality, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also claims that GE and Carrier’s knew of the defects, hazards, and nonconformities and concealed them from consumers and/or failed to disclose plaintiff and class, while affirmatively representing high quality and safety. of their UL and NFPA compliant control unit systems.

The class action plaintiff became aware of the alleged defects when he upgraded his Interlogix Concord IV control unit to a new wireless radio alarm transmitter in August 2021.

The class action contains more than 100 members and is seeking more than $5 million in total, excluding costs and interest.

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