FDA Recall: Hettich Centrifuges with plastic rotors may cause injuries

Legal news for product liability attorneys. The FDA recalled Hettich Centrifuges with plastic rotors after discovering they can cause serious injuries.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts product liability lawyers—Hettich centrifuges were recalled due to injury risk.

Washington D.C.—The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled Hettich Centrifuges with 250 and 2076 plastic rotors, which were used with the Mikro 12-24, Mikro 20, Haematokrit 20 and Haematokrit 24 bench top plastic centrifuges. Healthcare professionals have been alerted of the Class I recall, as reported by the FDA.

The FDA announced the recall after discovering 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 cause serious injuries, and damage to surrounding areas. The recalled product reportedly separates the red blood cells from plasma, when determining a patient’s hematocrit. The recalled product was distributed from January 1999 through November 2009. Any hospitals, clinics, or laboratories are advised to stop using the product immediately, and contact Hettich to have the rotors replaced with metal rotors. The model numbers on the centrifuges, 2076 or 2050, can be found on the front of the instrument or on the name tag on the back of the centrifuge. It was not reported if anyone has been injured or experienced such shattering of the centrifuge.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.