In a press release , King International LLC, in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the voluntary recall of their Shoulderflex massager after a report of strangulation and death.
This recall affects approximately 12,000 Shoulderflex massagers that were sold nationwide in various retail stores, catalogs and online retailers between 2003 and 2011. The company has stated that the device came with a warning never to wear a necklace or loose clothing while using the device in order to avoid entanglement. However, King International said that they share the FDA's desire to reduce the risk of injury to their customers and has, therefore, initiated this recall.
The company asks that the device be dismantled and disposed of in a safe manner, preferably with the separate pieces in different receptacles so that it cannot be discovered and reassembled. King International is asking that retailers and catalog sellers take similar action with the device.
As a Spartanburg personal injury attorney , it saddens me to learn of the loss of life associated with this recall. In my time as a personal injury lawyer , I've seen similar recalls in the past and urge consumers to carefully read all warnings provided before using any device directly applied to the body.