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Neck Massager Causes Strangulation Death

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susan_harr6 years ago

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety alert warning consumers about life-threatening injuries associated with the ShoulderFlex personal neck massager. There has been one fatality and one near-fatality associated with the defective device. According to the FDA, “hair, clothing, and jewelry can become entangled in the massage device and cause serious injury or death.”

Life-Threatening Injuries

  • There has been one death and one near-strangulation associated with the ShoulderFlex Massager reported.
  • These incidents occurred when a necklace and clothing became caught in a piece of the device that rotates during use.
  • There are additional reports of incidents involving clothing and hair becoming caught in the device.

About the Device

  • The device is designed for home use to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulder, and back.
  • The device consists of a massage unit that sits beneath the neck.
  • The device includes a handheld controller, memory foam pillow, and machine-washable sleeve.
  • King International has distributed 11,934 massagers since October 2003.
  • Massagers were sold at various stores and online retailers in the U.S.
Recommendations for Consumers
  • Consumers should immediately stop using the ShoulderFlex massager.
  • Health care providers should stop recommending the product to patients.
  • Anyone with the massager should dispose of the device components separately so that the massager cannot be reassembled and used.
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