Inflatable Pool Slide Recalled After Death, Paralyzation and Neck Fracture
Following the death of a Colorado mother and reports of at least two other catastrophic injuries, Walmart and Toys R Us are recalling Banzai inflatable pool slides from the market.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the Banzai inflatable pool slide recall on May 10, after a 29 year old Colorado mother died, a 24 year old man was paralyzed and another woman fractured her neck.
The Banzai inflatable slides are placed over the concrete edge of an in-ground pool. The injuries may occur if the slide becomes partially deflated, causing a potential head injury at the bottom of the slide.
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About 21,000 pool water slides manufactured by Manley Toys. Ltd. are impacted by the recall.
The slides are vinyl with a blue base and yellow sliding mat. They have an arch going over the top of the slide where a hose can be connected to spray water on the slide itself. The words “Banzai Splash” are printed on the side in a blue, orange and white logo shaped like a wave. The slides have a barcode number of 2675315734 and a model number of 15734. The numbers appear on the packaging but not the slide itself.
The slides were sold in the U.S. by Walmart and Toys R Us from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250.
The CPSC is warning consumers to stop using the slides immediately and return them to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. Either the whole slide can be returned or just the two safety warning notices on the slide. Consumers with questions can contact Walmart by calling (800) 925-6278 or by visiting the company’s website at www.walmartstores.com or they can contact Toys R Us by calling (800) 869-7787 or by visiting that company’s website at www.toysrus.com.
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