Half a Million Portable Bed Rails Recalled After Two Entrapment Deaths

by Lauren Leazenby
Metal bed rail made to assist adults with mobility issues

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has recalled four models of its portable bed rails after the company received two reports of entrapment deaths associated with two models of the bed rails. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based company is offering a full refund for this product. Here’s how to get yours.

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The bed rails are designed to support adult users getting into and out of bed. They are secured to beds with retention straps. When the rail is improperly attached to a bed, the user can become trapped within the rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress, which poses an entrapment hazard and a risk of death by asphyxiation.

According to the Dec. 6 recall announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the two reported deaths occurred in 2011 and 2015 after the users were trapped between the bed rail and their mattress. In both cases, the retention straps were not secured.

About 496,100 units are involved in this recall. They were sold from October 2007 through December 2021 at medical supply stores and by online retailers Walmart and Amazon for $30 to $80. Additionally, about 68,000 units were sold in Canada, and 119 were sold in Mexico.

To see if yours falls under this recall, find the model number on a label on the rail’s metal tubing. The following model numbers are affected by this recall:

  • 15064
  • 15062
  • RTL15073
  • RTL15063-ADJ

Go here to find product names and more information to help you identify your product.

The CPSC is warning consumers to stop using the recalled bed rails immediately. To receive a refund, you'll need to contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare. Call 877-467-3099 or fill out the online recall form. For more consumer product safety information, go to cpsc.gov.

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