The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles, Inc. have reannounced the recall of about 113,000 adult portable bed handles. The bed handles assist adults with getting in and out of bed by giving them a bar to grip.
When the handles are attached to the bed without the use of safety retention straps, a handle can shift out of place creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. The gap poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death, the CPSC explains. The previous recall was announced on May 20, 2014.
Three women died after becoming trapped between the mattress and the bed handles. One woman died in an Edina, Minnesota, assisted living facility; another, a 41-year-old disabled woman, died in a Renton, Washington adult family home; and the third, who was 81, died in a Vancouver, Washington, managed care facility. According to the CPSC, no other deaths or injuries have been reported.
The recall includes adult portable bed handles sold by Bed Handles, Inc. from 1994 through 2007 that do not have safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame to keep the handle from shifting out of place and creating a dangerous gap. Recalled models include the Original Bedside Assistant (BA10W), the Travel Handles (BA11W), sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1).
The L-shaped bed handles are made of ¾-inch tubular steel; they measure 20 inches wide, 16 to 20 inches tall and have 3 ft. poles that extend under the mattress. The Original Bedside Assistant (BA10W) and the Travel Handles (BA11W) have a white handle with white poles that go under the mattress. The Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1) is gold in color and has a black cushioned foam handle. Bed Handles, Inc. and the model number are printed on a white label on the bed handles. They were manufactured in the United States.
The handles were sold by home health care stores, drug stores, and medical equipment stores nationwide and in home and health care catalogs from January 1994 through December 2007 for about $100.
Customers can reach Bed Handles, Inc. at 800-725-6903 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at http://bedhandles.com/ and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information.
The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using any bed handles that do not have safety retention straps. Bed Handles, Inc. will provide free safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame, along with new assembly and installation instructions and a warning label to attach to the bed handles. The bed handles should be used only with the safety retention straps securely in place attaching the bed handle to the bed frame in order to prevent a dangerous gap.