Thousands of older or disabled Ohio residents use physical aids like walkers and portable bed rails to protect themselves and prevent them from injuring themselves. However, sometimes these devices don’t work as they should. Portable bed rails manufactured by Mobility Transfer Systems and Metal Tubing USA Inc. are among the devices currently recalled by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
Recall involves 285,000 bed rails
The CPSC recall urges consumers to stop using the adult bed rails as these devices can pose a safety hazard as they can cause entrapment that may lead to serious injuries or death. Although some manufacturers have voluntarily recalled bed rails due to the risk of asphyxiation, others have not. CPSC has urged Americans not to use ten adult bed rail models following a report of three deaths between 2006 and 2013. Evaluations showed that patients could become trapped between the bed rail and the mattress, leading to suffocation.
Portable adult bed rails have been linked to thousands of deaths and injuries. Some of the devices in question were manufactured as far back as 1991 and up to 2021 and 2022. The agency urges consumers to throw out the bed rails and report any possible incidents to the CPSC.
Not all medical products and aids are safe
Just because a product is used in a medical setting doesn’t automatically mean it is safe. Medical devices may be subject to product liability claims if they don’t operate properly and cause harm to patients.
When a medical device injures you or a member of your family or even causes death, you may be eligible for compensation. If you believe you have used a questionable product that caused injuries, you may have a case against the manufacturer that can lead to removing the device from the market.