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Danger Of Shoulderflex Massager. It Can Kill!

Sept 24, 2011 - Simon Luth


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Shouldeflex MassagerAlthough not fairly comparable but looking into the proliferation of massage devices  in the market, anyone can tell that it is the next best alternative to the tender touch of a masseur. ShoulderFlex Massager, distributed by King International, is a personal massage device designed for home use to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulder and back while the user lies on a flat surface.

However, the latest fatal event that unfolded just recently requires a second look into electrically operated massage devices.

On Aug 31, 2011, King International LLC ,in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has initiated a voluntary recall of the Shoulderflex massager due to a report of a strangulation and death and one near-strangulation associated with the this device. These incidents occurred when a necklace and clothing became caught in a piece of the device that rotates during use. Two other incidents involving clothing and hair became caught in the device were also reported.

The most effective way to do this is to dispose of the power supply separate from the massager unit, and to remove the massage fingers and dispose of them separately. This will greatly reduce the possibility of the massager being  reassembled and used again.

About 12,000 Shouderflex massagers which were sold between 2003 and 2011 were believed to be affected. The devices were sold at various stores (including Relax the Back), online retailers (including Amazon) and  in catalogs (including Lifestyle Fascination) in the United States.

While this unfortunate event affects Shoulderflex massager, it is always safe to use such or similar device without a necklace or any other foreign body attached to our body during a massage. Safety never hurts!

Additional information about this recall campaign can be obtained from  www.shoulderflex.com 

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