Super Jumper Trampoline Recall Issued Due To Fall And Injury Hazards
More than 23,000 trampolines have been recalled after the manufacturer received nearly 100 reports of the metal framing breaking, posing a fall and laceration injury to consumers.
The Super Jumper trampoline recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on August 1, following 97 consumer reports indicating the welds on the metal railings supporting the trampoline weakened and broke, resulting in at least four injuries.
According to the recall, the trampolines were not sold with reinforcement clamps, which may cause the welds on the metal railing to break and expose sharp pieces of metal that could cause laceration impalement and fall injuries to consumers.
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The recall includes Super Jumper 14-foot trampolines and 14-foot and 16-foot combo trampolines with enclosures. The trampolines are equipped with a black mat, gold springs, and blue pad covering the springs. The recall affects all models, and consumers may identify the brand name by locating the Super Jumper logo printed on the center of the trampoline mat.
The recalled trampolines were manufactured in China under Transasia Sporting Goods Manufactory Co and were imported by Super Jumper Inc. of South San Francisco, California. They were distributed for sale online at Wayfair.com, Amazon.com, Hayneedle.com, and Overstock.com from November 2011 through June 2019 for between $200 and $400.
Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled trampolines immediately and to contact Super Jumper at 866-757-3636 or email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free repair kit, which will include reinforcement clamps to wrap around the trampolines welded joints.
Trampoline Injury Concerns
Rates of trampoline-related injuries have skyrocketed in recent years. A study published in 2016 indicated trampoline injuries rose from 600 in 2010 to nearly 7,000 by 2014, according to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
The rise in commercial trampoline parks have also caused a spike trampoline-related emergency room visits over the last several years. In February, the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons published a study comparing commercial trampoline park injuries to residential trampoline injuries and found 66% of injuries occurred at private residents, while 35% occurred at commercial jump parks.
More than half of the injuries sustained at jump parks involved fractures and dislocations, while roughly 44% of home trampoline injuries involved fractures or dislocations.
Trampolines have consistently made it on the top 10 most common household products that cause emergency room visits, according to a Health magazine study.
Despite manufacturers attempting to make trampolines safer by equipping them with padding covering the springs and metal framing, or with netting surrounding the trampoline to prevent individuals from falling off, experts claim these features do not offer significant protection from injury.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has indicated trampolines are no safer with pads, nets or other protection. Many broken bones and other injuries continue to result from standard jumping and falling on the mat of the trampolines, experts have warned.
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