NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — Medical supply company Medline Industries is recalling 1.5 million portable adult bed rails in the U.S. and Canada, following two reports of entrapment deaths associated with the products.

The recall affect two models of Medline’s “Bed Assist Bars.” According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, users of these bed rails could become entrapped within the bed rail or between the product and the side of a mattress when it’s attached to a bed.

This poses “a serious entrapment hazard and risk of death by asphyxiation,” CPSC said.

Medline has received two reports of entrapment deaths associated with the product in the U.S, involving a 76-year-old woman who died in an Iowa senior nursing facility in 2019 and a 87-year-old woman who died at a South Carolina residential care facility in 2023.

Medline sold about 1.5 million Bed Assist Bars July 2009 to March 2024 in the U.S, through its websites and major retailers. The recalled model numbers are MDS6800BA and MDS6800BAH.

CPSC and Health Canada urges consumers to stop using the rails and contact Medline to request a refund.

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