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Bed Handles Inc. recalls adult portable bed handles

Starting date:
June 3, 2014
Posting date:
June 3, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Physical Hazard, Strangulation Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-39723

Affected products

Portable bed handles that lack safety retention straps.
Recalled models include the Original Bedside Assistant® (BA10W), the Travel HandlesTM (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant® (AJ1) sold between January 1994 and December 2007.

Product description

This recall involves the Original Bedside Assistant® (BA10W), the Travel HandlesTM (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 HandlesTM (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.

Hazard identified

The recalled portable bed handles were sold without safety retention straps. 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.

Neither Bed Handles Inc. nor Health Canada has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in Canada.  There have been 3 deaths reported in the United States.

Number sold

Approximately 2000 bed handles were sold in Canada by home health care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores and in home and health care catalogs.

Time period sold

The bed handles were sold from January 1994 through December 2007.

Place of origin

Manufactured in United States.

Companies

Manufacturer
Bed Handles, Inc.
Blue Springs
Missouri
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using all recalled bed handles that were sold without safety retention straps.  To request safety retention strap kits consumers can contact Bed Handles website or by email. Consumers can also call 1-816-224-6000 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

Consumers may view the assembly and installation instructions for the safety retention straps for models BA10W, BA11W and AJ1 from the Bed Handles web site.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.