A mother has died after using an inflatable pool slide in Andover, Mass. CPSC have now announced a recall of the Banzai Inflatable Slides that caused the accident, manufactured by Manley Toys and sold by Walmart and Toys R Us.
The slide can deflate during use, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over and carries inadequate warnings and instructions.
As well as the death of one woman after fracturing her neck, CPSC are aware of two other injuries which have occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo. who became a quadriplegic and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her neck.
The recall involves Banzai 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. 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 from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734, which appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.
CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. For additional information from Walmart, call (800) 925-6278 or visit http://www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R Us, call (800) 869-7787 or visit http://www.toysrus.com.