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Adult portable bed rails are being recalled by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare after two deaths

Adult Portable Bed Rails RecalledDrive DeVilbiss Healthcare is recalling about 496,100 adult portable bed rails in the United States, 68,000 in Canada, and 119 units in Mexico.

When attached to an adult’s bed, users can become entrapped within the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious entrapment hazard and risk of death by asphyxiation.

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has received two reports of entrapment deaths associated with two bed rails, models 15064 and RTL15073.

The deaths occurred in February 2011 and February 2015, and involved a 93-year-old woman at her home in California, and a 92-year-old man at an assisted living facility in Canada. In both cases, the bed rails weren’t securely attached to the bed and the users became entrapped between the bed rails and their mattress, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

This recall involves four models of adult portable bed rails: 

Model

Product

Product as sold on Amazon

Dimensions 

15064

Bed Assist Handle 

Home Bed Assist Handle

About 21 inches high and 12 inches wide

15062

Bed Assist Rail with Folding Board

Home Bed Assist Grab Rail with Bed Board

About 23 inches high and 12 inches wide

RTL15073

Home Bed Assist Handle 

Home Bed Assist Handle

About 13-17 inches high (adjustable) and 19 inches wide

RTL15063-ADJ

Home Bed Assist Handle

Adjustable Height Home Bed Assist Handle

About 15-20 inches high (adjustable) and 20 inches wide

The name “Drive” and the model number are printed on a label located on the product’s metal tubing. The rails are made of steel tubing either in white or chrome.

Models RTL15063-ADJ and RTL15073 include black non-slip padding on the grip handle and under-bed frame. Model 15062 features a wooden under-bed board attached to the grip handle.

The bed rails were sold from October 2007 through December 2021. The cost was between $30 and $80.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bed rails and contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare to receive a refund, the company and CPSC advise.

For more information, contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare at 877-467-3099 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit www.drivemedical.com and click on “Important Safety Information” at the top of the page or at: www.recallrtr.com/bedhandles.

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