We had a lightning strike near our house. The power surge caused a Google Nest thermostat to fail in a manner that put it in “EMERGENCY HEAT” mode, causing the interior temperature to go to 114°F. An elderly tenant was found unresponsive in that heat less than 48 hours later, and passed away about a week later in the hospital.
Manufacturer - Importer Name:
Nest Labs, Inc.
Model Name or Number:
Injury (Yes or No):
(12/1/2022) Nest Labs, Inc.: Thank you for the opportunity to review and consider this report submitted on www.SaferProducts.gov. Nest is committed to designing safe, high quality, and effective products that help people in their homes. When customers have an issue with one of our products, we ask that they contact Nest to provide us with information and the opportunity to retrieve and examine the product. This provides us information that helps us continually monitor the efficacy of our products and identify opportunities for quality improvement or required corrective action. The lightning strike in this case may have affected various systems in the home, including the HVAC system. We have reached out to the customer to understand the details of the incident and will investigate further.