May 10, 2012
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Toys R Us Inc., have announced a recall of 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. The recall is in effect due to inadequate instructions, lack of safety warnings regarding the possibility that the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. There is also concerns that the slides are unstable and can topple over in still and windy conditions.
Sadly, the recall of the Banzai in-ground pool water slide occurred due to CPSC becoming aware that a 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide. The slide was placed as it is shown in the picture over the concrete edge of a pool. The slide had become partially deflated causing the victim to hit her head at the bottom of the slide.
The CPSC and the retailers are also aware of two other injuries occurring in a similar manner. These incidents include a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo. who became a quadriplegic, and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her neck.
The product recalled is the Banzai in-ground pool water slides, manufactured by Manley Toys, designed for use with in-ground pools. The CPSC describe the product as follows, "The product 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 recalled slides, were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us stores nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.
Information on the process to return your recalled product from the CPSC: Consumers are urged 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. For additional information from Walmart, call (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm's website at www.toysrus.com