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FDA Recalls Portable Oxygen Tanks for Fire Risk

January 3, 2013 — Praxair, Inc. and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recalling the “Grab n’ Go Vantage Portable Oxygen Cylinder Unit” in a Class 1 recall. The manufacturer has received several reports of fires occurring in the unit when it is dropped. The FDA has warned that these fires may cause severe burns, lack of oxygen, or death.

The recall began on November 16, after Praxair received reports of fires. Praxair then issued a “Medical Device Correction” notice to their customers and distributors on November 26. The letter described the problem and instructed customers to return the oxygen tank for servicing.

In the official recall notice, the FDA warned:

“If a fire occurs, users may experience burns or a lack of oxygen (hypoxia). This product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death.”

Praxair has also recommended that customers who own the Grab n’ Go portable oxygen unit should take precautions to prevent fires in the unit, including:

  • Customer should store the unit in a safe place indoors
  • The unit should never be stored on an elevated surface
  • The system should be handled carefully to prevent dropping or jarring

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