Medtronic recalls 87K short circuiting defibrillators

Medtronic recalled 87,709 defibrillators Aug. 19 in a class 1 recall, the most serious type, after 27 complaints have reported the device delivering an electric shock at a too-low voltage. 

There have been no injuries or deaths associated with the recall.

"A reduced-energy electrical shock may fail to correct an irregular heartbeat or may cause an irregular heartbeat," the FDA said in a news release. A software update is currently available, a Medtronic spokesperson told Becker's

The Minneapolis-based company recalled four products: Cobalt XT, Cobalt, and Crome Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators. 

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