Device: Batteries used for the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) with serial numbers BAT000001 to BAT 199999, model number 1650.
Recall reason: According to information on the FDA recall page, "the batteries . . . may lose power prematerly due to faulty cells." If another power source is not connected, "the pump will stop working and the patient may experience serious adverse health consequences, including death."
When recall was initiated: January 7, 2016
Number of U.S. units impacted: 18,631 units
For more information, visit the FDA Recall page.
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