Hettich Instruments Recalls Centrifuges

Hettich Instruments Management Inc. has recalled <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Hettich Centrifuges with 2050 and 2076 Plastic Rotors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Hettich Instruments Management I is located at 100 Cummings Center; Suite 130G;
Beverly; Massachusetts; 01915-6127.

This recall is a Class I. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the recalled products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The recall of Hettich Centrifuges was initiated on November 21, 2009 and includes the following products:

• 201424-01: Haematokrit 20 centrifuge with 2050 haematocrit rotor
• 2004-01: Mikro 20 centrifuge with 2076 haematocrit rotor
• 2070: Mikro 12-24 centrifuge with 2050 haematocrit rotor
• 2075: Haematokrit 24 centrifuge with 2050 haematocrit rotor

These centrifuges can be identified by reading the model number on the front or rear nametag. The rotors are stamped with model number 2050 or 2076 and the devices were distributed from January 1999 through November 2009.

The device separates the red blood cells from plasma to determine the patient’s hematocrit. A low hematocrit reading is a possible indicator of anemia. In the case of the defective Hettich Centrifuges, the plastic centrifuge rotor may crack, break apart, and be forcefully ejected through the plastic centrifuge housing at a high rate of speed. This may result in serious personal injury and damage to the surrounding area.

On November 23, 2009, Hettich Instruments notified its customers by letter and email and described how to identify the recalled rotors and provided information to arrange for the return and replacement of the recalled rotors. Hettich Instruments may be reached at 1-866-370-4388, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

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