Defibrillator Glitch Prompts Worldwide Recall

Defibrillator Glitch Prompts Worldwide Recall

A software problem in two models of defibrillators has prompted their manufacturer to issue a class 1 product recall for thousands of the devices that have been distributed to schools, fire stations, businesses, health clubs, hotels, and other facilities worldwide.

The Recall

Defibitech LLC. has issued a recall of 42,000 of its ReviveR AED and Lifeline AED models distributed worldwide. The recall affects all models equipped with software versions 2.002 and older.

The devices were recalled because a glitch in their software may cause them to fail to detect a low battery, and fail to warn its owner of the low battery condition.

“This doesn’t become apparent until the battery gets low for some reason,” said company president Gintaras Vaisnys. “Given every battery will get low someday, this is an issue.”

The Danger

The FDA has determined that this recall is a class 1 recall, which is the most serious type. This designation is given to recalls of devices that have a reasonable chance of causing death if they are not recalled.

Defibrillators are designed to deliver an electric shock to the heart of a person suffering from heartbeat irregularity or stoppage. The shock is intended to encourage a steady heart rate.

If the device is low on battery, it will not be able to provide a sufficient shock to the endangered person’s heart, which can result in his or her death.

The Software Upgrade

The company said it will provide a free software upgrade within 10 weeks. The upgrades are to be delivered by mail along with a notification of the recall. Consumers can install the new software themselves without returning the device.

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