The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo., are reannouncing the voluntary recall of about 113,000 adult portable bed handles.
The original recall in May 2014 produced a response of less than 1%.
When attached to an adult’s 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. This poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.
Three women died after becoming trapped between the mattress and the bed handles. No additional deaths or injuries have been reported.
The recall involves 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 bed handle from shifting out of place and creating a dangerous gap.
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. They are are intended to assist adults getting in and out of bed by giving them a bar to grip.
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 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 and has a black cushioned foam handle.
Bed Handles, Inc. and the model number are printed on a white label on the bed handles.
The bed 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.
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, or online at http://bedhandles.com/recall.html.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo., are reannouncing the voluntary recall of about 113,000 adult port...