The Food and Drug Administration said the patient lifts are mechanical sling-like devices used to lift and move patients. The lifts are used in hospitals and nursing homes in the care of elderly and handicapped persons.
The FDA said excessive wear of the main bolt, which secures the lift arm to the main frame of the patient lift, will cause the bolt to break.
When the bolt breaks, the lift arm is no longer secured to the lift, which will cause the patient to fall. The lift arm may also fall on the patient, which could result in serious injury, even death.
The FDA said it had received one report of death related to the failure of the bolt.
The recall involves all FAABORG model battery operated patient lifts manufactured in Denmark and distributed by Moving Solutions.
The lift arm is interchangeable between all models of FAABORG patient lifts. Some 856 lifts have been distributed in the United States.
Moving Solutions is the initial U.S. distributor but the FDA said there may be other distributors.