The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides over safety hazards that led to the death of one mother and has caused severe injuries to others. The CPSC says that the slides can deflate causing the user to hit the ground underneath and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over.
A 29-year-old mother died in Andover, MA after fracturing her neck going down a Banzai slide which had been placed over the concrete edge of the pool. The woman hit her head at the bottom of the slide because it was partially deflated. The CSPC is aware of two other incidents that happened in a similar matter including, a Missouri man who became quadriplegic from his injuries and a Pennsylvania woman who fractured her neck.
The recalled slides were made by Manley Toys, Ltd. The defective slides have Banzai Splash printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo shaped like a wave on either side of the slide. Consumers can also identify the slide by barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734; the barcode and model number are only labeled on the original packaging.
The slides were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us stores nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. Consumers should immediately stop using the slide and return it to Walmart or Toys R Us for a refund.
For additional information about the recall, please visit the CPSCs website.
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