product liability lawyers at KP LAW are experts in
personal injury and pursuing compensation on behalf of those injured or killed by defective
products. We advise consumers of a voluntary product recall involving
products marketed specifically for the elderly and infirm, following a
fourth reported death.
The particular recall involves 113,000 adult portable bed handles. An elderly
California woman living in a senior residential facility died after being
entrapped in the gap between her mattress and the bed handle.
The defect: when attached to an adult’s bed without the use of safety
retention straps, a 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. Three other women
have died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the bed handles.
The recall involves adult portable bed handles sold by Bed Handles, Inc.
from 1994 through 2007 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 and creating a dangerous gap. 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).
The L-shaped bed handles are made out of ¾ inch tubular steel, measure
20 inches wide, 16 to 20 inches tall and have 3 ft. poles that extend
under the mattress. The Original Bedside Assistant® (BA10W) and the
Travel Handles™ (BA11W) have a white handle with white poles that
go under the mattress. The Adjustable Bedside Assistant® (AJ1) is
gold in color and has a black cushioned foam handle. The bed handles are
intended to assist adults with getting in and out of bed by giving them
a bar to grip. Bed Handles, Inc. and the model number are printed on a
white label on the bed handles.
The bed handles were sold by home health care stores, drug stores and medical
supply stores nationwide and in home and health care catalogs from January
1994 through December 2007 for about $100. They were manufactured in the
The product liability lawyers at
KP LAW represent clients nationally and internationally against manufacturers
of defective or dangerous products. If you or your loved one has been
injured or burned as a result of using or interacting with any defective
product, you should call the experienced product liability attorneys at
KP LAW today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. In
addition, you can always report a defective or dangerous product directly
to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission.
A link to the CPSC website interface can be found
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