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Western/Scott Company, maker of OxyTote, has become aware of the possibility of ignition and rupture (explosion) of a compressed gas oxygen cylinder, which can cause serious injury and/or death, according to the FDA.
OxyTote Recall Information
There have been 2 reports of OxyTote devices malfunctioning, including one injury and one death. According to the FDA, “when the OxyTote is mishandled or dropped, the oxygen cylinder may ignite causing an internal flash fire and the canister to burst [explode].” When the injury occurred, the unit was dropped from 4 feet; where the death occurred, the employee did not drop the gas cylinder, but set it down by his side, according to the FDA notice.
Prompted by these reports, the maker of OxyTote, Western/Scott Fetzer Company recalled (No. Z-2069-2015) certain lots of the products:
The recall affects all lot numbers (made prior to 10/01/2014) for the following Model Numbers: AAG-403; AAG-800; AAG-802; AAG-803; GTS-303; GTS-4206; GTS-600; GTS-603; JHR-900; JHR-LG-MTS-903; LAW-603; MNR-3000; MNR-600; MNR-800; MNS-602; MNS-603;; MNS-803; MNS-C803; MTR-100; MTR-300; MTR-500; MTR-600; MTR-700; MTR-800; MTS-303; MTS-403; MTS-501; MTS-502; MTS-503; MTS-505; MTS-601; MTS-602; MTS-603; MTS-803; OXC-503; PHS-LG-MTS-803; ROC-9792; ROC-9793; RRI-500; RRI-600; TRI-803; VLB-603; VLB-603H; VNG-600; VNG-603; VNG-800; and WOX-603.
OxyTote is a portable oxygen unit that provides oxygen to patients to help regulate their breathing while allowing them to travel around. Pressurized oxygen is stored in a special container and is delivered to the patient through tubing that is placed in the nostrils or through a mask. The recalled products were manufactured and distributed from January 1, 2009 to September 30, 2014. About 161,674 units were distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, health care facilities, health care service providers, ambulance service providers, oxygen service providers and oxygen tank certification service providers.
The products were distributed worldwide. In the U.S., they were distributed to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
A lawsuit would seek compensation for medical expenses related to the burns and other injuries caused by the OxyTote, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.