Emergency smoke hoods recalled for risk of carbon monoxide inhalation
April 20, 2006
Systems Inc., based in Vancouver, Canada,
recalling the following
emergency escape smoke hoods:
- EVAC-U8(TM) Emergency Escape
- EVAC+(TM) Emergency Escape
should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed.
The emergency escape smoke hoods could
fail to work properly, exposing the user
to harmful carbon monoxide, which could seriously
compromise their ability to escape the fire
These smoke hoods are
one-time use respiratory devices that assist
users with breathing while escaping a fire.
They include a transparent plastic hood
that covers the user’s
head, and a canister that filters out toxic
gases. “EVAC+™” or “EVAC-U8™” is
printed on the canister.
About 290,000 units were sold on websites,
via safety products retailers, catalogues
and at travel stores from September 2000
through March 2006.
Consumers should stop using the smoke hood
devices immediately and contact Brookdale
for a prorated refund.
This recall extends to all
the above products currently in the marketplace
worldwide that have not reached their expiration
date (printed on the side of each canister,
along with a serial number). Customers returning
products will receive a prorated refund based
on the remaining shelf life, as indicated
by the expiration date.
Units that reached
their expiration date prior to March
2006 are not eligible for refund.
(As set out in the user's manual, all expired
units should be discarded). Brookdale does
not anticipate having replacement products
available in the near future.
Specifics of the recall program
for the United States and Canada,
including detailed instructions on returning
these products for refund, are available
on the Brookdale website at www.evacsafety.com, or by calling the Brookdale Recall Hotline
at 866-823-4416 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00
p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday,
or 8:00 a.m. to 8:00
p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
from U.S. and Canadian customers must be
returned, with supporting documentation
as outlined in these instructions, by June
16, 2006 to be eligible for refund.