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42,000 External Defibrillators Recalled by Defibtech

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External Defibrillators used in hotels, schools, and fire stations have been recalled after 3 reported incidents of failure. Customers were notified by letter of the recall. The recall affects all Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED automatic external defibrillators that have software versions 2.002 and earlie.

A software problem with two models of automatic external defibrillators has led their manufacturer to recall tens of thousands of the devices distributed worldwide. Defibtech LLC said problems with the software in its Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED models may fail to flag a previously detected low battery during some tests. If that occurs and the battery is indeed drained, the device may not be able to deliver the defibrillation shock needed to restart a person’s heart.