Bed Handles Inc. is reannouncing its recall of adult portable bed handles due to a low response rate. According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission notification, less than one percent responded to the recall, which was issued last May. Portable bed handles were recalled because “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 serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.”
The voluntary recall affects about 113,000 bed handles. According to the CPSC announcement, three women died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the bed handles. One of the women was an elderly resident who died at an assisted living facility in Edina, Minn. Another 41-year-old disabled woman died in a Renton, Wash. adult family home and an 81-year-old woman died in a Vancouver, Wash. managed care facility.
The recall affects bed handles sold from 1994 through 2007 and includes 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). These models do not utilize safety retention straps. Without the straps, the handle can shift out of place and create a dangerous gap. The products were sold for about $100 in home health care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores.
The handles are L-shaped and made out of ¾ inch tubular steel; they are 20 inches wide, 16 to 20 inches tall and have 3 ft. poles extending under the mattress. In the Original Bedside Assistant, the handle and poles are white. The handles and poles are gold with a black cushioned foam handle in the Adjustable Bedside Assistant.