Consumer advocacy organizations have filed a petition with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requesting that it “initiate proceedings under section 8 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) to determine that adult portable bed rails pose an unreasonable risk of injury and initiate related rulemaking under section 9 of the CPSA.” According to the petitioners, “adult bed rails currently on the market are responsible for numerous injuries and deaths among users, particularly the elderly and frail.”

In support of their request, the petitioners cite an October 11, 2012, CPSC memorandum, “Adult Portable Bed Rail-Related Deaths, Injuries, and Potential Injuries: January 2003 to September 2012,” that details 155 fatalities, most of which were purportedly related to rail entrapment. The petition calls for a ban on all adult bedrails because “the product presents an unreasonable risk of injury and no feasible consumer product safety standard would adequately protect the public from these products.” CPSC will accept comments on the petition until August 5, 2013. See Federal Register, June 4, 2013.