Philips recalls HeartStart MRx Defibrillator: 3 things to know

Philips recalled its HeartStart MRx Defibrillator due to an equipment defect, according to a Feb. 9 safety notice from the FDA.

Here are three things to know.

1. Philips initiated the recall in June 2017 after discovering a defect in the defibrillator's gas discharge tube, which could cause the device to spontaneously fail while functioning in automated external defibrillator mode. The device may still function after a failure if switched to manual mode.

2. The faulty defibrillators were manufactured between Sept. 22 and Oct. 31, 2016, and distributed between Sept. 26 and Nov. 2 of the same year.

3. Philips notified customers of the recall and will send replacement parts for defective devices once available.

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