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Smartphone Breathalyzer May Return Wrong BAC

A smartphone breathalyzer company says it has discovered a flaw in its product and the company is warning that using their product could lead to an unsafe decision to drive.

It's not every day you see a company issue a statement recommending customers stop using their product immediately but that is what's happening with Breathometer’s Breeze device.

"We have done more testing and learned that under some conditions Breeze may report results that could lead to an unsafe decision to drive. The Breeze could report a low blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading," the company said in a statement.

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Burbank Police Officer Fletcher Stone measured the results of Breeze and other smartphone breathalyzers against a field model used by police. Stone warns that you should never rely on the results of a smartphone breathalyzer when deciding whether or not you should drive after drinking alcohol.

"If this is the benchmark that you're using to determine whether or not you should be driving after drinking you probably shouldn't be driving," he said.

Breathometer is offering customers who purchased the breeze device a credit. To submit a claim, visit the company site here

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