Government Product recall for counterfeit anti-choking devices sold via Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, Alibaba, Fruugo, OnBuy, Facebook Marketplace and DesertCart presenting a risk of choking

In addition to releasing an urgent public DSI (Device Safety Information) a few months ago, the UK Government body MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), have now issued an urgent product recall for all counterfeit anti choking devices sold via Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, Alibaba, Fruugo, OnBuy, Facebook Marketplace and DesertCart.

This product recall is due to the high risk of not working, and could worsen the situation by further pushing obstructions down the airway passage due to their poor design and quality which will be fatal in a life or death situation.

These dangerous, illegal, unregulated Chinese counterfeit devices do not meet any strict safety standards set out by regulatory bodies, nor are they CE registered, or regulated by any countries medical device regulatory authority.

Sadly we are contacted on a weekly basis from innocent members of the general public who had thought they purchased our regulated life-saving LifeVac® medical device, only to discover in the time of need, in a life or death situation that the device they attempted to use creates no suction, does not generate the suction required to dislodge an airway obstruction, had pushed the obstruction further down, or their device had broken.

Upon investigation following our strict processes and quality procedures, we immediately identified that they had unfortunately purchased/obtained a dangerous, illegal, unregulated Chinese counterfeit device. There are many ways we can quickly and easily identify if you have our regulated LifeVac medical device, even further than the images provided by the MHRA within their DSI.

LifeVac® is the only legitimate, legal airway clearance device available to the general public in the UK. Manufactured using proven/tested materials, and backed by multiple peer reviewed medical publications proving safety, effectiveness, lives saved and ease of use, having helped save thousands of lives when first aid has failed or could not be performed.

LifeVac® is manufactured in the UK by LifeVac Europe, for the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. LifeVac® is also manufactured in the USA by LifeVac USA, for the America’s, Canada, Asia and Australia.

LifeVac Europe and LifeVac USA have a specific authorised distributor network around the world and on various platforms. DO NOT trust any standalone website (drop-shipping), do not purchase devices or medicines intended to treat conditions or to be used in a life or death situation from social media ads unless they take you directly to the manufacturers website. Do not purchase these items from 3rd party selling platforms without checking with the manufacturer first.

LifeVac is a patented medical device, with design rights, intellectual property rights and trademarks. LifeVac is regulated by many regulatory authorities around the world, CE registered, MDR compliant, Eudamed registered, and ISO 13485 accredited.

Please follow this link to the governments urgent product recall, please click here and here to read the full DSI and the urgent public safety announcements.

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