Banzai Inflatable Pool Slides get recalled
With summer right around the calendar corner, the weather is getting predictably warmer. And that usually leads us outside and in the water to stay cool. That when “Slip n Slide” re enters our vocabulary, right up there with public pool and recreational swim. And it’s also when parents begin shopping for inflatable pool slides and toys to keep their kids entertained and their minds off the summer heat. However, it’s a good idea to avoid or flat out return Banzai Inflatable Pool Slides, as they’ve been recalled for being flat out too darn dangerous.
The problem is a design flaw in these slide designs, that are primarily created to work side by side with an in ground pool. You set it up, inflate it, and point it towards the deep end of the pool. However, this flaw causes the bottom half of the pool to deflate, leading kids to slide down to the ground below and certain injury, or worse. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is so adamant that these slides are dangerous they’ve even played the “death card,” saying that kids could end up with a potential fatal injury in certain conditions. One 29 year old woman died from a neck fracture as a result, while another 24 year old man ended up a quadriplegic. Both, who’s lives were destroyed too early in life.
The CPSC wants users to immediately stop using the Banzai slides, which were made in China (where else) by Manley Toys, Ltd. They were sold at both Walmart and Toys R Us stores in the US from January 2005 through June 2009, and have the words Banzai Splash in a circular blue, orange and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.
And even though the product may be as old as 7 years old, consumers can take the product and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. You can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide and just return that portion for the same credit.
And for further information on pool toy safety, check out the CPSC website, Pool Safely.
Hat Tip – Consumer Reports