The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bed Handles Inc. are currently recalling 113,000 adult portable bed handles. The bed handles are used to help people get in and out of bed.
The recall was issued due to the reports of three deaths caused by the shifting of the bed handles. When not properly attached to a bed with safety retention straps, the bed handle can create a dangerous gap between the handle and side of the mattress. The gap can cause entrapment and even death.
Recalled models involve bed handles sold by Bed Handle Inc. from 1994 through 2007 and do not include safety retention straps, which secure the bed handle to the bed frame.
Consumers should immediately stop using bed handles that did not include safety retention straps.
The recall includes The Original Bedside Assistant (BA10W), Travel Handles, which is sold as a set of two bed handles (BA11W) and The Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1). Model numbers can be found printed on a white label on the bed handles.
The bed handles were sold in home health care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores nationwide. The models were also sold in home and health care catalogs from January 1994 through December 2007.
For free safety retention straps consumers should contact Bed Handles Inc. at 800-725-6903 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm CT Monday through Friday or online at http://bedhandles.com/recall.html.