In a letter to customers, Nest chief executive Tony Fadell said his company will immediately stop selling Nest Protect, its smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.
The company, which rose to prominence with its smart thermostat, began selling the alarms about six months ago. One of the features at its launch was Nest Wave, the ability to silence the alarm by waving.
Now, it’s come to the company’s attention that the device’s gesture recognition may not be up to speed, and customers might accidentally deactivate Nest Protect with one wave in the wrong direction.
The Wave feature, one of the main selling points for Protect, will be deactivated until Nest can sort out the gestural control issue.
Here’s the post in full:
To the Nest community:
Since introducing the Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm, we’ve heard touching stories from many of you about how we’ve helped keep you and your families safe. I consider your safety a huge part of my job and it’s something I think about and take pride in every day.
At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave (a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand) could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire. We identified this problem ourselves and are not aware of any customers who have experienced this, but the fact that it could even potentially happen is extremely important to me and I want to address it immediately.
We feel that the best and safest thing to do is to immediately disable the Nest Wave feature to resolve the issue and remove any safety concerns. While we fix Nest Wave, we have also halted sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure no one buys an alarm that needs an immediate update. …
Once we have a solution that ensures Nest Wave works as intended, we will update our software to turn this feature back on. This will only happen after extensive testing and once we have received approval from safety agencies in the US, Canada and UK. We expect this to take at least two or three months and we’ll continue to update you as we have more information.
We’re enormously sorry for the inconvenience caused by this issue. The team and I are dedicated to ensuring that we can stand behind each Nest product that comes into your home, and your 100% satisfaction and safety are what motivates us. Please know that the entire Nest team and I are focused on fixing this problem and continuing to improve our current products in every way possible. If you don’t want to keep your Nest Protect smoke alarm, we will give you a complete refund.
Our customer support team is available to help answer any and all questions you have, and we’ve posted detailed answers to some of the questions we anticipate here.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support.