Recall of Smooth or threaded metallic bone fixation fastener

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Zimmer Biomet, Inc..

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Status
    Open, Classified
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Fastener, fixation, nondegradable, soft tissue - Product Code MBI
  • Reason
    Gamma sterilization validation testing indicates the sterilization dose for the product may not be adequate.
  • Action
    Zimmer Biomet sent an URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL letter dated October 16, 2017 to affected customers. The letter identified the affected product, problem and actions to be taken. Customers were instructed to review inventory and quarantine affected product, which will be returned to Biomet through a sales representative. Questions or concerns can be directed to 574-371-3071


  • Model / Serial
    The kits that include the TunneLoc products, ACL in a box, PNs 906532, 906533, 906534, and 906535 are packed in a box alongside the Instructions for use and is distributed non-sterile .
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    US Nationwide Distribution
  • Product Description
    TunneLoc Tibial Fixation Device (Within an ACL Kit) || Product Usage: || To provide fixation of soft tissue grafts within the tibial tunnel during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and/or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Zimmer Biomet, Inc., 56 E Bell Dr, Warsaw IN 46582-6989
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “The safety of patients has always been, and continues to be, Zimmer Biomet’s top priority and it is our honor to be a leader in this industry for the past 90 years,” Zimmer Biomet told ICIJ in a statement. “We adhere to strict regulatory standards, and work closely with the FDA and all applicable regulatory agencies in each of our regions as part of our commitment to operating a first-rate quality management system across our global manufacturing network. The company added that it is focused on staying at the forefront of innovation and doing right by the millions of patients who rely on the company’s products.
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