Safety Alert Number 0703030

Digital Security Controls Recalls Smoke Detectors that Could Fail to Warn of a Fire

Release #07-136
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 666-1250
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of product: Digital Security Controls FSA and FSB Series Smoke Detectors
Units: About 32,000
Distributor: Digital Security Controls, of Toronto, Canada
Hazard: These smoke detectors could fail to reliably detect smoke during a fire. Manufactured in: Canada
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves Digital Security Controls FSA and FSB series photo-electric smoke detectors. They are wired directly into the building circuitry, and do not use a battery. The dome shaped units have a metal mesh covering around the smoke sensor.

Sold by: Commercial and residential installers nationwide from October 2006 through December 2006 for between $60 and $70 per unit.

Remedy: Customers should immediately contact their installer to receive a free inspection to determine if their units are included in the recall. If so, they will receive free replacement smoke detectors with installation. Customers also can contact Digital Security Controls for additional information on how to receive free replacement smoke detectors. Only professional installers should remove and replace these units.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Digital Security Controls toll-free at (877) 666-1250 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at:

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: