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Two deaths prompt recall of Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare adult portable bed rails

Users can become trapped by the device

Adult Portable Bed Rails
Photo source: CPSC
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare of Port Washington, N.Y., is recalling about 564,000 bed assist handles and bed assist rails sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

When the devices are 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.

The firm has received two reports of entrapment deaths associated with two of its Bed Assist Handle bed rails (models 15064 and RTL15073). The deaths occurred in February 2011, and February 2015.

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. A list of the four models being recalled may be found here.

The bed rails were sold at medical supply stores nationwide and online at www.amazon.com and www.walmart.com from October 2007, through December 2021, for between $30 and $80.

What to do

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

Consumers may contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare at (877) 467-3099 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, or online at www.drivemedical.com and click on “Important Safety Information” at the top of the page for more information.

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