November 22, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally deactivate it with the wave of a hand.
Nest was acquired Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion.
Nest developed technology that allows owners to turn off the alarm at a distance, among other things.
The company says, however, that a "unique combination of circumstances" could delay an alarm in the event of a real fire.
Nest is halting sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure none without updated software are sold.
CEO Tony Fadell said that concerns about the product were raised during lab testing, and that there are no known instances in which customers have deactivated their alarm unintentionally.
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