Popular side rails recalled after three deaths

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The Carex-branded side rails, which are designed to prevent people from rolling out of bed and help them get up, have been recalled after three elderly people became trapped between the product and their mattress and subsequently died, according to a new report from the US Commission on Consumer Product Safety.

The bed rails, including Carex Bed Support Rails (model P566) and Carex Easy Up 2-in-1 bed rails (model P569), were sold in the US and Canada from November 2012 to December 2021 before being recalled. The bed rails cost between $22 and $80.

The three dead include an 85-year-old man who died in an assisted living facility in Ohio, an 84-year-old woman who died in her California home, and an 88-year-old woman who died in an assisted living facility in Washington state.

“In each incident, the bed rail was not securely attached to the bed and the user became trapped between the product and their mattress,” the CPSC said in a statement. rack.

The Carex brand is produced by Compass Health Brands, which is reportedly working with the CPSC on the recall. Consumers are encouraged to contact Compass Health Brands to receive a refund or a free repair kit.

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as the CPSC explains:

The “Carex” name and model number are printed on a label on the underside of the rails. The bed support rail has white metal rails with black foam grip and measures approximately 35 inches high and 20 inches wide. The Easy Up 2-in-1 bed rail consists of a dark brown metal support rail with black foam handles and a dark brown metal bed rail. The support rail is approximately 21 inches high and 17 inches wide and the bed rail is approximately 20 inches high and 30 inches wide.

There is also a YouTube video explaining how to make sure your recalled side rails are safe.

Worryingly, this isn’t the first bed rail recall this month. Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare almost recalled half a million similar bed rails earlier this month in partnership with the CPSC after two deaths, a 93-year-old woman in California and a 92-year-old man in Canada.

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