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Description: The recall involves adult portable 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 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. [Learn More]

About 113,000 units were affected by this recall.

Portable bed handles
Bed Handles Inc Reannounces Recall of Adult Portable Bed Handles Following Report of Fourth Entrapment Death

Bedside Assistant model BA10W. Label on Bedside Assistant model BA10W

Portable bed handles Recall Information

Country of OriginUnited States
Recall Date10/07/2015
Recall ID6539
Recall Number16005
Product TypeBed Rails
HazardWhen 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.
InjuriesA 90-year-old woman living in a senior residence in Castro Valley, Calif. died after being entrapped in the gap between her mattress and the bed handle.As previously reported, the same happened to three other women. They include an elderly woman, age unknown, who died in an Edina, Minn. assisted living facility; a 41-year-old disabled woman who died in a Renton, Wash. adult family home; and an 81-year-old woman who died in a Vancouver, Wash. managed care facility.
RemedyConsumers should immediately stop using all recalled bed handles that were sold without safety retention straps. Contact Bed Handles, Inc. for free safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame, new assembly and installation instructions for models BA10W, BA11W and AJ1 and a warning label to attach to the bed handles. The bed handles should be used only with the safety retention straps securely in place attaching the bed handle to the bed frame in order to prevent a gap.
Remedy OptionRepair
ContactBed Handles Inc. at 800-725-6903 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information.
Last Updated10/07/2015
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