Voluntary Product Recall on Adult Portable Bed Handles

Voluntary Product Recall on Adult Portable Bed Handles

The 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 United States.

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 here.

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