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A manufacturing issue has prompted the recall of certain Respironics V60 ventilators. The recall was initiated on July 31, 2012 after two reports of blower motor failures were received.

The Respironics V60, by respironics California Inc., is an assist ventilator intended to augment patient breathing. The device is used for spontaneously breathing individuals who require mechanical ventilation such as those patients that suffer from respiratory failure, obstructive sleep apnea and other conditions.

The recall was issued after an internal review found that when the lower assemblies on the recalled devices were made, the force used to press the impeller onto the blower motor shaft was less than the specified minimum force. The defect could cause the impeller to move up the motor shaft and into contact with the inside blower housing which could ultimately lead to the failure of ventilation when needed by the patient.

The company has notified patients in the U.S. For more information, consumers can can contact Philips Respironics at 800 722-9377.

The serial numbers affected by this recall can be found on the attached PDF.

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