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  Class 2 Device Recall Cane see related information
Date Initiated by Firm November 06, 2012
Date Posted December 18, 2012
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on August 20, 2013
Recall Number Z-0556-2013
Recall Event ID 63775
Product Classification Cane, safety walk - Product Code KHY
Product Invacare Height Adjustable (walking) Canes, Model Numbers: 8916, 8917, and 40918-6. The device is packaged six (6) canes per shipping carton.

The cane is used as an aid in walking or ambulation.
Code Information The Lot Codes subject to recall are: PW111201, PW120201, PW120101, PW120301, and PW120401
Recalling Firm/
Invacare Corporation
1200 Taylor St
Elyria OH 44035-6248
For Additional Information Contact Sean Kharche
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Following their receipt of several customer complaints, Invacare recalled their height adjustable walking canes. The device was recalled from distribution based on reports indicating that there is a possibility that the button which holds the cane at the desired height, may suddenly and unexpectedly compress, causing the cane to collapse and cause possible injury to the user.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Device Design
Action The firm, Invacare, sent an "URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL (Removal)" letter dated November 6, 2012 to its customers. The letter describes the product, problem and actions to be taken. The customers were instructed to examine their existing stock using the enclosed detailed 'Product Tracking Sheet' and quarantine any affected canes; Acknowledge receipt and understanding of the urgent recall notice and indicate the number of canes remaining in inventory on the enclosed, 'Provider Response Card;'. Fax the completed Provider Response Card to Invacare Regulatory Affairs at: 1- 440-326-3544; disassemble each cane and discard both pieces in the trash; (Disassembly instructions are also provided); and lastly, contact Invacare Customer Service at 1-800-668-2337, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST, to order replacement merchandise at no charge. If you have any questions concerning these instructions, contact Invacare Customer Service at 1-800-668-2337, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET.
Quantity in Commerce 38,280 canes
Distribution Worldwide distribution: USA (nationwide) including states of: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN KS, KY, LA,MA, MD ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH,OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY; and countries of: Australia, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan Province of China.
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 A record in this database is created when a firm initiates a correction or removal action. The record is updated if the FDA identifies a violation and classifies the action as a recall, and it is updated for a final time when the recall is terminated. Learn more about medical device recalls.
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
3 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55.