Suspect air packs still in use at US coal mines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A model of emergency breathing devices
widely used in U.S. coal mines has a critical defect, but federal
regulators have no immediate plans to remove them.

The Charleston Gazette ( says about 70,000
devices are in use, and some are potentially defective.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says
it's discussing the problem with the Mine Safety and Health
Administration. MSHA didn't immediately comment Wednesday.

Pennsylvania-based CSE Corp. says it stopped production of the
SR-100 model after internal reviews found problems. President Scott
Shearer says he's committed to resolving any problems.

NIOSH says testing found the SR-100 had a faulty oxygen starter.

CSE has since redesigned the starter system.

Sago Mine survivor Randal McCloy said four devices failed after
the 2006 explosion that trapped and killed 12 co-workers.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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