CPSC Announces Recall of 290,000 Emergency Smoke Hoods for Risk of Carbon Monoxide Inhalation

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of some 290,000 EVAC-U8â„¢ and EVAC+â„¢ Emergency Escape Smoke Hoods manufactured in Canada by Brookdale International Systems Inc., of Vancouver, British Columbia. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.

Although no injuries have been reported, the “emergency escape smoke hoods could fail to work properly, exposing the user to harmful carbon monoxide which could seriously compromise their ability to escape the fire threat.”

These smoke hoods are one-time use respiratory devices that assist users with breathing while escaping a fire. They include a transparent plastic hood that covers the user’s head, and a canister that filters out toxic gases. “EVAC+™” or “EVAC-U8™” is printed on the canister.

The recalled hoods were sold at Web sites, safety products retailers, catalogs, and travel stores from September 2000 through March 2006 for about $75 for the “EVAC-U8™” and about $150 for the “EVAC+™.”

Consumers should stop using the smoke hood devices immediately and contact Brookdale for a prorated refund. For more information, contact the firm’s recall hotline at (866) 823-4416 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.evacsafety.com.

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