Report of Strangulation Death Spurs Shoulder Massager Recall

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In a news release Wednesday, King International LLC, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, announced a voluntary recall of a self-massage device amid reports of a strangulation death stemming from the device’s use.

Subject to recall are approximately 12,000 Shoulderflex massagers sold between 2003 and 2001. The massage devices were sold nationwide at Relax the Back stores and other retailers and through catalogs and online retailers including Lifestyle Fascination and Amazon.com.

Anyone in possession of the recalled massager is urged to immediately stop using the device, disassemble it and dispose of the pieces in separate places to avoid anyone finding the parts and reassembling the device. King International suggests doing this by disposing of the power supply, massager unit and massage fingers separately.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, consumer safety is something that I am very aware of; I hope that no one else has been harmed through the use of the recalled massager. Because of my experience as a product liability lawyer, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I encourage anyone in possession of the recalled massager to safely dispose of it right away.