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Recall on portable oxygen units due to fire risk
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 9, 2013
Many Tennessee consumers like to think that if something is being manufactured and sold that it must be safe to use. However, the truth is that there are plenty of defective products that end up being bought and sold every year by unsuspecting consumers. For some, this leads to injury -- and in other cases -- even death.
Take for example the recent recall by Praxair. The manufacturer announced the recall after it was discovered some of the portable oxygen cylinder units had what appears to be a design flaw. The issue seems to be with some of the units that have an O-ring between the pressure regulating valve and the cylinder.
According to the Federal Drug Administration, the issue is that if the unit is knocked over or dropped, a fire could start within the unit. Praxair reports that there have only been a couple of reports of fires starting within units.
The issue is that if a fire starts within one of the units, not only would this put a patient at risk of fire exposure, but the fire could also lead to oxygen deprivation for a patient that truly needs oxygen.
The units are the Grab 'n Go Portable Oxygen Cylinder made between June 17, 2009 and Nov. 16, 2012.
Praxair has reportedly already sent out a recall letter to customers. The company is handling the recall by investigating the units and then, if necessary, replacing the O-rings. The hope is that all of the units will be repaired before there are any more reported incidents.