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Stronger Action Needed to Protect Older Adults from Dangerous Adult Portable Bed Rails

June 02, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles Inc. announced a recall last week of adult portable bed handles due to entrapment and strangulation hazards. Bed handles are a type of adult portable bed rail.  About 113,000 bed handles were recalled after three women died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the bed handles. Robert S. Adler, CPSC's acting chairman, said, "The recall of more than 100,000 bed handles signals CPSC's commitment to the safety of older Americans - a group that the commission has increasingly focused on."  The recall came a day after the CPSC announced its new Senior Safety Initiative.  For more information on the recall, read the story in the New York Times.  The Consumer Voice issued a statement commending CPSC for the recall but calling for mandatory safety rules for adult portable bed rails, which can be found here.




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