Invacare Under FDA Watch

The Food & Drug Administration has reportedly warned Invacare Corp. of possible action for failing to report problems with its electronic devices. The FDA has said two deaths were linked to malfunctioning beds manufactured by Inavacare, reports say.

The FDA said Invacare had failed to investigate continuing complaints with its adjustable beds, which were the cause of four complaints involving sparks or fires that were reportedly as a result of the manufacture of its beds, with more than two cases that resulted in fires that caused either hospitalization or death, reports say. Now, the FDA has evidently required that Invacare correct the problems with the electronic beds and inform the FDA of the changes.

Invacare Corp. was reportedly also warned by the FDA in the past. And in April of 2000 Invacare issued a recall for six models of its motorized wheelchairs because of fires and deaths linked to some 16 models and 215,000 of the chairs, reports say.

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