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Portable Bed Handles Recalled – 3 Deaths Confirmed

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Rachel Moody3 years ago

Bed Handles Inc. has voluntarily recalled 113,000 adult portable bed handles following reports of entrapment, strangulation, and death

About the Bed Handle Recall

If not using any safety retention straps when attaching the portable bed handles, the handles can shift out of place and create a gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. 

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the bed defective handles can lead to serious injury or death. 

Three deaths have been linked to the defect, including an elderly woman who died in an assisted living facility in Edina, Minnesota; a 41-year-old disabled woman from Renton, Washington; and an 81-year-old Vancouver managed care facility resident.

Safety retention straps were not included with the handles.

Description of the Recalled Bed Handles

  • The recalled models include the Bedside Assistant® (BA10W), the Travel Handles™ (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant® (AJ1).
  • The handles are L-shaped and made out of ¾ inch tubular steel, measuring 20 inches wide, 16 to 20 inches tall, Adult Portable Bed Handles Recalled – Entrapment Hazardand have 3 foot poles that extend under the mattress.
  • The design of the Bedside Assistant® (BA10W) and the Travel Handles™ (BA11W) includes 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 were sold from January 1994 to December 2007 by health care stores, drug stores, and medical equipment stores nationwide, as well as through home and health care catalogs, for about $100.


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