Massage By ShoulderFlex Massager Could Be Fatal, FDA Warns
A massage provided by the ShoulderFlex Massager device could be fatal, according to federal regulators, who are warning the public to avoid using them.
The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert Friday saying one death and one near-strangulation have been reported, AP reports.
The latter incident occurred after a necklace and piece of clothing became caught in a rotating component of the therapeutic massager.
The watchdog agency noted that it also had received two other reports of hair and clothing being caught in the device.
"The FDA is concerned that the ShoulderFlex Massager presents serious health risks," the warning stated, reports AP.
"Hair, clothing, and jewelry can become entangled in the massage device and cause serious injury or death,” they said.
The agency urges people who own the device to "dispose of the device components separately so that the massager cannot be reassembled and used."
Manufacturer King International has distributed nearly 12,000 of the devices since October 2003 through retail stores and websites in the U.S., AP reports.
The company plans to recall the device, according to the FDA. The agency said it could take additional action against the company.
The device was still available online Friday afternoon on Amazon.com and other websites, where it sold for about $140.
Calls placed to King's offices in Beaverton, Oregon, were not immediately returned Friday, reports AP.