Adult portable bed handles from Blue Springs company recalled after reports of 3 deaths

WASHINGTON - About 113,000 adult portable bed handles used to help people get into and out of bed are being recalled following reports of three deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall involves handles sold by Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Missouri.

The agency says 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.

CPSC says three women became trapped between the mattress and the handles, and died. One was an elderly woman at a Minnesota assisted living facility; another was at a Washington state managed-care facility. The third woman, in her 40s and disabled, died at an adult family home in Washington state.

Bed Handles Inc. emailed this statement to 41 Action News.

We have been working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to do everything possible to improve the safety of our product and make sure every user is up to date on the Recall. Prior to 2007 our product was not made with the Security Straps. We are voluntarily notifying everyone that may have purchased our product prior to 2007 and sending them the warning labels, Security Straps, Instructions and Recall information. It is our goal to make sure that everyone using our product has the necessary items to make it safe and secure while in use. If more information is needed in guards the Recall you can also visit our website at bedhandles.com where you will find all the information on the recall.

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