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FBI investigating detectors distributed by Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program

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Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating smoke detectors distributed in Atlanta with counterfeit labels.

Thousands of smoke detectors are being recalled from Atlanta residents who participated in the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program, city officials have announced. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating concerns that the smoke detectors may not have been properly certified before distribution.

The Underwriters Laboratories labels on the photoelectric smoke detectors distributed through the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program were counterfeit, authorities with the program learned, reported WSB Channel 2 News in Atlanta. This means that the distributed smoke alarms were not actually certified to be safe and work properly. More than 18,000 of the apparently uncertified units were purchased in 2005 and 2006 from a company in California. Whether or not the issue is limited to smoke detectors in the Atlanta program is not clear at this time.

"The bottom line is this: If anyone has one of those smoke detectors, we're going to have to replace it with one that has been U.L. certified," Atlanta Fire Capt. J.L. Bundrige said, WSB Channel 2 reported. Capt. Bundrige also indicated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the situation, with the cooperation of Atlanta fire officials.

Now, Bundrige indicated, the goal is to have the uncertified detectors returned, and to make sure they are replaced with units that are UL certified.

"All the smoke detectors will be replaced at no cost to the residents," Bundrige said.

Additional details concerning the recall are expected to be announced by Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran in the near future.

Image: City of Atlanta Online

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