The ShoulderFlex Massager is a personal massaging unit intended to be used in the comforts of a consumer’s home. It is a personal massage device, specifically designed to provide consumers with a deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulder and back areas. Unfortunately, the ShoulderFlex Massager has recently become synonymous with a number of adverse health events. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged reports issued to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that indicate the massage device may be responsible for one confirmed death and numerous near-strangulation incidents.
ShoulderFlex Massager Lawsuit Update: The FDA has issued another warning regarding the use of ShoulderFlex Massage products. Hair, clothing or jewelry can become entangled in the ShoulderFlex Massager and cause serious injury or even death from strangulation. There have been reports of one death and one near death, due to strangulation, associated with the use of this device.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a ShoulderFlex Massager, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
ShoulderFlex Massager Lawsuit Overview
The ShoulderFlex Massager, developed and distributed by King International, is a personal massage device intended to provide deep tissue massages to the neck, shoulder and back areas while the consumer lies comfortably on a level surface. King International has continued the sales of the personal massaging device since October 18, 2003. In that time-span, the company witnessed nearly 12,000 devices sold to consumers across the United States via numerous stores and online retailers.
The device consists of a massage unit that sits beneath the unit’s neck, a handheld controller, a memory foam pillow and a machine-washable sleeve. The internal components contain a rotating bar with removable massage “fingers” that may be adjusted by the user to customize the massage area and depth.
Unfortunately, the use of the ShoulderFlex Massager may coincide with severe, life-threatening complications. The rotating internal component that presents consumers with the feeling of a deep tissue massage has been associated with a number of dangerous circumstances. Numerous consumers who have used the personal massage device have reported adverse incidents. These incidents frequently occur when a necklace or loose piece of clothing becomes entangled in the rotating internal component. Subsequently, the FDA is aware of two other reports that include clothing and hair becoming caught in the device.
The personal massage device shows an increased propensity of entangling hair, jewelry and loose articles of clothing within rotating internal components. In the event that these items get caught in the device, these components may increase the risk of strangulation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has already received one confirmed death and two incidents of near-strangulation regarding the ShoulderFlex Massager. The frequency in which these incidents happen have become a great concern to the healthcare community. Due to the severity of these complications, consumers may contact a lawyer at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for a free case evaluation of their potential ShoulderFlex Massager lawsuit.
ShoulderFlex Massager Complications
According to the FDA, hair, loose articles of clothing and jewelry may easily become tangled in rotating components of the ShoulderFlex Massager, which may significantly increase the risk of strangulation. The massage device essentially acts as a constantly tightening noose when hair, loose articles of clothing and jewelry get caught in the rotating components. The device is strong enough to apply constant pressure that may result in a number of severe, life-threatening complications if the entangled items are wrapped around the consumer’s neck. At least one death, one serious injury and two other reports of clothing and hair getting caught in the device have been reported to the FDA. Due to the severity of these complications, consumers may contact a lawyer at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for a free case evaluation of their potential ShoulderFlex Massager lawsuit.
FDA ShoulderFlex Warning
The following FDA warning acknowledges the dangers associated with the use of the ShoulderFlex Massager device:
The FDA is notifying healthcare professionals and consumers of serious health risks posed by the ShoulderFlex Massager. The FDA is aware of reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission of one death and one near-strangulation associated with the ShoulderFlex Massager. These incidents occurred when a necklace and clothing became caught in a piece of the device that rotates during use. Two other reports involved clothing and hair became caught in the device.
The FDA is strongly recommending to discontinue any further ShoulderFlex use. They suggest that consumers dispose of the device components separately, so that the massager cannot be reassembled and used by anyone else. The FDA is evaluating King International’s plan for recall of the ShoulderFlex Massager, which may lead to additional action or communication by the FDA or King International.
Due to the severity of these complications, consumers may contact a lawyer at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for a free case evaluation of their potential ShoulderFlex Massager lawsuit.
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