|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: Media Relations
|April 23, 1996
Release # 96-107
CPSC and Playskool Issue Safety Alert for Moon Bouncer
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool of Pawtucket, R.I., is offering a free set of three gauges to help consumers properly inflate approximately 142,000 Durasport Moon Bouncers the company has already sold to consumers. If the Moon Bouncer is not correctly inflated, is overinflated, or is used on hard surfaces, children can be injured if they fall or bounce out of the toy.
Playskool has received 22 reports of children falling or bouncing out of the Moon Bouncer, including ten injuries, four of them fractures.
The Playskool Durasport Moon Bouncer is an inflatable vinyl toy designed for children ages three to six to bounce and jump in. Its red, circular base inflates to 5.5 feet in diameter. The side walls, resembling three stacked yellow rings, inflate to 16 inches from the jumping surface. Major discount stores in the United States and in Canada have sold the Moon Bouncers since November 1994 for about $60.
Playskool warns parents and caregivers that proper inflation of the Moon Bouncer is critical. Incorrect inflation, particularly over-inflation of the Moon Bouncer's jumping surface, can make the Moon Bouncer unstable and cause children to fall or bounce out.
Playskool also warns that the Moon Bouncer used outdoors should always be placed on impact-absorbing surfaces, such as sand or mulch. If used indoors, it should be placed on a padded surface. Carpet may not be sufficient to prevent injury. The Moon Bouncer should never be used on concrete, asphalt, wood, or other hard surfaces.
Playskool is offering consumers a free set of gauges to help ensure that the toy is correctly inflated. Consumers can receive the inflation gauges and detailed inflation instructions by calling Playskool at (800) 752-9755, or by writing to Moon Bouncer, PO Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02862-0200.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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