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    Three consumer deaths prompt recall of adult portable bed handles

    The handles can shift out of place posing a risk of entrapment, strangulation and death

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo., are recalling about 113,000 adult portable bed handles.

    When attached to an adult’s bed without the use of safety retention straps, the handle can shift out of place creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. This poses a risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.

    Three women died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the bed handles. They include an elderly woman, age unknown, who died in an Edina, Minn., assisted living facility; a 41-year-old disabled woman who died in a Renton, Wash., adult family home; and an 81-year-old woman who died in a Vancouver, Wash., managed care facility.

    Three models recalled

    The recall involves adult portable bed handles sold from 1994 through 2007 that do not have safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame to keep the bed handle from shifting out of place and creating a dangerous gap.

    Recalled models include the Original Bedside Assistant (BA10W), the Travel Handles (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1).

    The L-shaped bed handles are made out of ¾-inch tubular steel, 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.

    The bed handles are intended to assist adults with getting in and out of bed by giving them a bar to grip. Bed Handles Inc., and the model number are printed on a white label on the bed handles.

    The handles, manufactured in the U.S., 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.

    What to do

    Consumers should immediately stop using all recalled bed handles that were sold without safety retention straps, and contact Bed Handles Inc., for free safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame, new assembly and installation instructions for models BA10W/BA11W and AJ1 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 gap.

    Consumers may contact Bed Handles Inc., at (800) 725-6903 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo., are recalling about 113,000 adult portable bed handles. When a...
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    Ford issues two more Escape recalls, one also covering the C-Max

    This time it's problems with airbags and door handles

    The Ford Escape today cemented its claim to being called a recall magnet as Ford issued two more Escape recalls, bringing the total number since the crossover's 2013 redesign into double digits. The C-Max hybrid is included in one of the recalls.

    One recall has to do with airbag deployment, the other with door handles. Each covers about 700,000 2013-14 model cars globally. 

    The airbag glitch is blamed on a software defect that could delay deployment of the side-certain airbags in some rollover accidents, Ford said. It affects 2013-14 Escapes built before Feb. 15. The airbag recall also covers about 65,000 C-Max hybrids.

    The door handle problem could make the doors difficult to close or even cause them to come open while driving. That recall affects Escapes built from Feb. 15 through April 10. 

    The Ford Escape today cemented its claim to being called a recall magnet as Ford issued two more Escape recalls, bringing the total number since the crosso...
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