Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System Hip Liner Recall

Smith & Nephew announced that it is voluntarily recalling its R3 Acetabular System metal hip liner. According to the company’s website, patients have reported infection, dislocation, metal sensitivity, loosening/lysis and fracture. Although there is not one single reason to explain the side effects, the liner was not performing to the company’s standards and are taking it off the market.

You may be eligible to file a Smith and Nephew hip liner recall lawsuit if you or a loved one has been implanted with the optional all-metal liner for the R3 Acetabular System hip device and suffered an injury.

For more information on the legal options which may be available to injury victims, please complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our product liability attorneys.

Metal-On-Metal Hip Devices

Smith & Nephew is withdrawing the metal liner component as a precautionary measure. The liner was first introduced in Europe and Australia in 2007 and was globally-launched in 2009. Since its introduction to the market, about 7,700 metal liners have been implanted in patients; most of which were used in total hip replacements.

The voluntary recall of Smith & Nephew’s metal hip liner will add to concerns about the safety of metal-on-metal hips. Originally, metal-on-metal hips were developed to be more durable than traditional hip implants. However, in light of recent concerns surrounding Johnson & Johnson’s recall of the Depuy hip implant devices in 2010 in addition to this most recent recall, this may not be the case.

Smith and Nephew Hip Liner Recall Lawsuits

Due to rising concerns over the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants, the FDA announced that it would be scheduling a two-day review of the devices. Although Smith & Nephew claim that their recall was not prompted by reports of metal poisoning, our defective medical device lawyers are seeking anyone who has been implanted with the recalled liner to determine if legal recourse is an option.


If you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects after being implanted with the Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System or any other metal-on-metal hip implant, complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page for a free, no-obligation review of your claim.