The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the recall of battery packs used in some automated external defibrillators manufactured by Defibtech LLC. The FDA said the Guilford, Connecticut, company initiated the voluntary recall of 5,418 DBP-2800 battery packs because they might falsely detect an error condition during charging for a shock and then cancel the charge. The recalled batteries are used in the company’s Lifeline-model and Revive-model defibrillators. Officials said the recall affects all DBP- 2800 units shipped prior to June 4, 2007.
The recalled battery packs were distributed worldwide to fire departments, emergency medical service units, health clubs, schools and other organizations. The company said it mailed users recommendations that allow the battery packs to remain in service until the problem is corrected. Those procedures are also available at www.defibtech.com/batteryFA1. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 877-453-4507 or 203-453-4507.
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