Nearly 500,000 adult portable bed rails recalled after 2 deaths

STATEN ICELAND, NY – Nearly 500,000 adult portable bed rails and rails are being recalled following two reports of entrapment deaths, according to a recall notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare is recalling four different models of its adult portable bed rails and adult bed supports.

“When attached to an adult bed, users can become trapped in the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious risk of entrapment and death from suffocation, ”the CPSC stated.

Drive has received two reports of entrapment deaths related to two of its bed frame with bed support (models 15064 and RTL15073).

The deaths occurred in February 2011 and February 2014 and included a 93-year-old woman in her California home and a 92-year-old man in an assisted living facility in Canada. In both incidents, the bed rails were not securely attached to the bed and users were trapped between the product and their mattress, according to the CPSC.

Here are the four models that are being recalled:

  • Model 15064: Bed Assist Handle – Approximately 21 inches high and 12 inches wide
  • Model 15064: Bed Assist Handle – Approximately 21 inches tall and 12 inches wide
  • Model 15062: Bed Assist Rail with Folding Board – Approximately 23 inches high and 12 inches wide
  • Model RTL15073: Home Bed Assist Handle – Approximately 13-17 inches tall (adjustable) and 19 inches wide
  • Model RTL15063-ADJ: Home Bed Assist Handle – Approximately 15-20 inches tall (adjustable) and 20 inches wide

The name “Drive” and the model number are printed on a label on the metal tube of the product.

The rails are made of tubular steel, optionally in white or chrome. According to the CPSC, the RTL15063-ADJ and RTL15073 models have black, non-slip padding on the handle and base frame. Model 15062 has a wooden base attached to the handle.

Drive sold around 496,100 bed rails nationwide in medical supply stores and online at www.amazon.com and www.walmart.com. The bed rails sold for between $ 30 and $ 80 from October 2007 through December 2021. About 68,000 units were sold in Canada, and about 119 were also sold in Mexico.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bed rails and contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare for a full refund.

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