Australia: Ziton recall fire equipment

Update
According to GE Security a lot of work has gone into addressing the original non-compliance listed below. Here is their public response to this matter.. Congratulations to GE for getting this resolved...

GE Security resumes supply of Ziton Fire Indicator and EWIS Panels
GE Security has addressed compliance issues with it's range of Ziton fire products and has made available upgrade kits are available to bring installed non-compliant systems into compliance.

For additional information please contact the GE Security technical support hotline on (03) 9239 1221 or email zitonupgrade@gesecurity.com.au

According to the Product Safety Section of the ACCC, Ziton fire products, a division of GE Interlogix have recalled a range of fire detectors, fire panels & evacuation systems that may result in a failure to detect all fire hazards in limited circumstances.

Details of the product recall can be found at the Product Recalls Australia web site.

Ziton fire detectors, fire panels & evacuation systems

Date: 27/05/2005

Supplier Name: GE Interlogix Pty Ltd

Defect Details: Ziton products have certain deficiencies which may result in a failure to detect all fire hazards in limited circumstances

Consumer action: GE Interlogix will contact all customers in Australia and New Zealand

Market Coverage: National and New Zealand

Recall Coverage: National and New Zealand

Source: Product Recalls Australia

Additional details can also be found at the Queensland Government - Electrical product safety recall

For more information contact GE Infrastructure Security Pty Ltd on (03) 9259 4700.

Update

I received a telephone call and follow up email today (3/8/2006) from Mark Isherwood, Marketing Manager of GE Security Australia & New Zealand today...

Mark was kind enough to provide me with an update to the Ziton product recall originally published by Product Recalls Australia.

With Mark's permission, here is an update on the Ziton product line...

GE Security finalises compliance for Ziton fire protection products ? resumes supply of Ziton Fire Indicator and EWIS Panels

Ziton Australia was acquired by SPX to form part of their Edwards fire business in October 2003. GE acquired the Edwards fire business in March 2005 and subsequently discovered that some Ziton products did not comply with the applicable Australian Standards. GE stopped the shipment of all Ziton products, assumed responsibility to overcome these deficiencies and engaged CSIRO to undertake compliance assessments of all Ziton products.

GE has achieved 100% product compliance for the full range of Ziton products and product shipments have resumed. Upgrade kits are available to bring installed non-compliant systems into compliance.

Ziton Fire Indicator, EWIS Panels and associated devices continue to be sold into new requirements and for the expansion of existing systems. These products are fully supported by GE Security and its network of channel partners, guaranteeing availability of new panels, spare parts, maintenance and upgrade capability now and into the future.

For additional information please contact the GE Security technical support hotline on (03) 9239 1221 or email zitonupgrade@gesecurity.com.au