San Diego product liability attorneys, we want to share an important medical device recall alert involving the
Grab ‘n Go Vantage Portable Oxygen Cylinder unit. The manufacturer,
Praxair Inc., has issued a Class I recall over risks that the tanks may
As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, Class I
recalls are the most serious type of recall. They are only issued in situations
in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products
will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
According to the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, fires may occur inside the cylinder unit causing the wall of the unit
to break and release oxygen. The fires are self-extinguishing and may
be caused by physical impact such as dropping or knocking over the cylinder
unit. If a fire occurs, patients may suffer from burns or a lack of oxygen
(hypoxia). As a result, this product may cause serious adverse health
consequences, including death.
On November 26, 2012, Praxair sent “Medical Device Correction”
letters to customers and distributors instructing them to send Grab’n
Go Vantage Portable Oxygen Cylinder units to Praxair for servicing and
refilling after use in accordance with their normal processes.
“The unit is being inspected and, if necessary, the O-ring that sits
between the valve and the cylinder is being replaced. To date, over 50%
of the units in the U.S. already have been modified. Modified units have
a decal with a ‘T’ affixed to their green shroud,” Praxair said.
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