Banzai inflatable pool slides recalled due to severe injuries and death risks

Consumer Reports News: May 10, 2012 12:38 PM

A recall of Banzai inflatable pool slides previously sold at Walmart and Toys R Us outlets has been announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The bottom of the plastic slides, designed for in-ground pools, can deflate during use and cause swimmers using the slide to severely injure themselves.

According to the CPSC, there have been at least three cases where the recalled pool slides, designed for use with in-ground pools, have maimed or killed swimmers. In one incident, a 29-year old mother died from a neck fracture, caused when she hit her head on the concrete floor beneath the collapsing slide. In another case, the pool slide defect resulted in a 24-year old male quadriplegic victim.

As warmer weather hits the nation, experts at Consumer Reports and CPSC warn consumers to place safety measures before opening their pool for the season. Among some of the protective layers to pool safety: Proper fencing and monitoring tools to prevent unauthorized swimming and learning CPR and other first aid. (Check the CPSC website, Pool Safely, for other pool safety tips.)

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The recalled Banzai pool slides, which were manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd, were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. 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 CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide and just return that portion.

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For additional information, consumer can contact:

Toys R Us
toll-free: 800-869-7787
website: www.ToysRUs.com

Walmart
toll-free: 800-925-6278
website: www.walmartstores.com

Sources:
Reported Death, Severe Neck Injuries Prompt Recall of Banzai Inflatable Pool Slides Sold by Walmart and Toys R Us [CPSC]
Product recall: Banzai Falls Inflatable In-ground Pool Slide [Toys R Us]
Product Recalls [Walmart]

Paul Eng


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