The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. The slides can deflate during use, causing injury, and are unstable. A 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass., after fracturing her neck while using one of the slides. Two other serious injuries have been reported, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo. who became a quadriplegic and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her neck.
Stop using the product immediately, the CPSC says. Consumers can return the slide to Toys R Us or Walmart for a full refund. They can cut the two safety warnings from the product and return just that portion.
Here’s a description of the product from the CPSC’s website:
“The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.”
The slides were sold at Toys R Us and Walmart stores for about $250 from January 2005 through June 2009. The recalled slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734.
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