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CPSC Repeats Bed Handle Recall After Low Response Rate to Initial Recall

Sep 29, 2015

Faced with an extremely low response to a recall of potentially dangerous bed handles, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the manufacturer, Bed Handles, Inc., have reannounced the recall of about 113,000 adult portable bed handles. The handles are installed on the bed to give the adult a bar to grip while getting in and out of bed.

When the handles are attached to the bed without safety retention straps, they 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 earlier recall was announced on May 20, 2014, but only about one percent of users have responded.

The recalls come in response to the deaths of three women who had the handles installed on their beds. 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. The third woman, who was 81 at the time of her death, died in a Vancouver, Washington managed care facility. The CPSC says no other deaths or injuries have since been reported.

The recall includes bed handle models without safety retention straps that were sold by Bed Handles, Inc. from 1994 through 2007. The straps 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 CPSC describes the handles as L-shaped and made of ¾-inch tubular steel. They measure 20 inches wide, 16 to 20 inches tall and they have 3 ft. poles that extend under the mattress. The Original Bedside Assistant (BA10W) and the Travel Handles (BA11W) are white with a white pole; the Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1) is gold-colored with black cushioned foam handle. Bed Handles, Inc. and the model number are printed on a white label on the bed handles. All models were manufactured in the United States and 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.

The CPSC advises individual consumers and residential facilities to immediately stop using any bed handles that do not have safety retention straps. Bed Handles, Inc. will provide safety retention straps at no charge to secure the bed handle to the bed frame. Along with the straps, the customer will receive 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.

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 and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information.

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