Newport Beach, Calif. June 2, 2014 – Nest Labs, a company owned by Google, has recalled about 440,000 of Smoke + CO Alarms because they can fail to work in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak. According to a news alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), when the Nest Wave feature is enabled with a wave of the hand in these alarms to temporarily disable the sensor, they may fail to promptly detect a carbon monoxide leak or smoke emanating from a fire.
The article states that this recall includes all Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms. They are made of black or white plastic and are about 5.25 inches square with rounded corners and about 1.5 inches deep. Consumers can enable the alarms to be controlled by a computer or a smartphone over a wireless network. The alarms have what is known as a Nest Wave feature, which allows users the convenience of temporarily silencing some alerts. So far, according to CPSC, Nest Labs has not received any reports of injuries or property damage as a result of these recalled products.
There is a fix for consumers who have connected their devices wirelessly to the Internet and linked to a Nest account. An electronic update will allow them to disable the Wave feature. However, consumers who have not connected their devices wireless are advised to return the products to the manufacturer for a full refund. The products, which were manufactured in China, were sold at large retailers nationwide including Amazon.com, Best Buy and Home Depot.
These products can be extremely dangerous because while consumers may believe they are being protected by these alarms, that may not be the case, said Brian Chase, product defect lawyer at BISNAR | CHASE. "It is extremely dangerous when these alarms get deactivated by any type of movement. If you walk under the alarm or if your dog runs past this alarm, even that slight movement could potentially deactivate this alarm."
Unsuspecting consumers may not learn about this product defect until too late, Chase said. "It may seem like a convenient feature to be able to disable the alarm with a wave of your hand when you are trying to cook or grill. But the flip side is that alarm may not work when you need it the most. For example, you could go to bed thinking the alarm is functional. But it may not alert you when a fire ignites in your home. You may not find out until it's too late."
Chase warns anyone who has one of these products at home to check it thoroughly and make sure it is repaired. "Better yet, the product should be replaced. You do not want to take a chance in such cases. It's simply not worth it."
Anyone who has been injured by a defective product would be well advised to contact an experienced California product liability attorney who has had success handling similar cases, Chase said. "It would be a really good idea to preserve the product that has caused your injuries so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for any evidence of defects or malfunctions."
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