NEW YORK, N.Y. – More than 100,000 bed handles intended to assist older or disabled adults are being recalled after they were linked to three deaths due to a potential strangulation hazard. Other recalled consumer products include roasting pans with sharp edges and water bottles.
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DETAILS: Adult portable bed handles sold by Bed Handles Inc. from 1994 through 2007. 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 bed handles are intended to assist older or disabled 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. They were sold by home health care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores nationwide and in home and health care catalogues from January 1994 through December 2007.
WHY: 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.
INCIDENTS: Three women died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the bed handles. 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. No additional deaths of injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 113,000.
FOR MORE: Call Bed Handles Inc. at 800-725-6903 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit http://bedhandles.com/ and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information
DETAILS: Good Cook Jumbo Roaster roasting pans. The roasters were sold individually in packages from August 2014 through October 2014 at grocery stores nationwide. The packages are labeled “Jumbo Roaster” Bradshaw International Inc. and Universal Product Code (UPC) number 0-76753-04315-1 or 0-41220-32403-3 were on the back of the package.
WHY: The roaster rim is incorrectly finished and can have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard.
INCIDENTS: Three reports of roasters with sharp edges causing cuts on the users’ fingers.
HOW MANY: About 146,000.
FOR MORE: Call Bradshaw International at 800-421-6290 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit www.bradshawintl.com and click on Recalls for more information.
DETAILS: Zak Designs 26-ounce plastic water bottles sold at Target stores during the “Back-to-College” promotion nationwide from June 2015 through July 2015. The water bottles have popular characters on the front and come in a variety of colours including clear, grey, navy blue, pink, teal blue, grey with caps in red, blue pink and yellow. Characters include Captain America, a Batman design, Minions, My Little Pony, Spiderman, Star Wars aircraft, a Superman logo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thor and Wonder Woman. Mold number “14158” and “Zak Designs” are embossed on the bottom of the bottles in the recall. Bottles with a black inner straw and black twist-off cap are not included in the recall.
WHY: The inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the twist-off cap can break, posing a choking hazard.
INCIDENTS: Nine reports of the inner plastic straw in the flip-top portion of the cap breaking, including seven reports of plastic fragments spit out by children using the bottle. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 178,000.
FOR MORE: Call Zak Designs at 866-737-1148 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.zak.com and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: The Land of Nod Follow the Herd mobile sold at The Land of Nod stores nationwide and online at www.landofnod.com from September 2013 through May 2015. The recalled mobile is made of white wool felt and has five sheep figures made of white wool yarn. The sheep have black felt eyes and brown felt ears. SKU number 198234 is on a label attached to the body of the mobile.
WHY: The yarn from the sheep figures can unravel, posing an entanglement and strangulation hazard to young children.
INCIDENTS: Three reports that yarn from the sheep figures unwound. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 400.
FOR MORE: Call The Land of Nod at 800-933-9904 from 8:30 a. m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.landofnod.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: Segway PT Off-Board Chargers manufactured from November 2012 to November 2014 with part number 23288-00001. The chargers are black, box-shaped and measure 8 inches wide by 13.75 inches deep by 4 inches high. Two wires used to connect the unit to Segway PT batteries extend from one end. The Segway brand name is on the charger above these wires. Chargers with the following serial numbers are being recalled: 13240C000265, 13240C000266, 13240C000268, 13240C000269, 13240C000272, 14205C000275, 14205C000278, 14205C000280, 14205C000295, 14205C000296, 14205C000297, 14205C000298, 14205C000302, 14209C000313, 14209C000314, 14209C000321 and 14209C000324. The serial number and part number are on a silver data plate attached to the bottom of the charger. They were sold at authorized Segway dealers and distributors and directly from Segway Inc. from November 2012 through September 2015.
WHY: A wire inside the charger can detach and touch the side of the charger, posing a shock hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 17.
FOR MORE: Call Segway Inc. toll-free at 866-473-4929 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.segway.com and click on Off-Board Charger Recall for more information.