About 113,000 adult portable bed handles used to help people get into and out of bed are being recalled by a Blue Springs company following reports of three deaths.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that Bed Handles Inc. is voluntarily recalling the handles. The company manufactured the products and sold them through home health care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores nationwide and in home and health care catalogs.
The products being recalled were sold from January 1994 through December 2007 for about $100.
The safety commission said the handles can shift out of place when attached to a bed without the use of the safety retention straps – creating a dangerous gap between the handle and the side of the mattress.
The agency said three women became trapped between the mattress and the handles, and died. One was an elderly woman at an assisted living facility in Edina, Minn.; another was at a Vancouver, Wash., managed-care facility. The third woman, in her 40s and disabled, died at an adult family home in Renton, Wash.
The recall involves adult portable bed handles sold by Bed Handles 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 .
“We want everyone to know (the bed handle) is a good product and a safe product to use,” said Michelle Stone, the office manager at Bed Handles.
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).
Consumers should stop using the recalled moels that were sold without safety retention straps. Contact Bed Handles for a free strap to secure the bed handle to the frame.
Contact Bed Handles at 800-725-6903 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at http://bedhandles.com/recall.html
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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