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Oxygen Tanks Recalled Due to Fire Risk

As 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 catch fire.

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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