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Death, Severe Neck Injuries Prompt Pool Slide Recall

Do you have an inflatable slide for your pool? If so, please pay close attention to this recall of the Banzai Inflatable Pool Slide.

The slide is specifically for in-ground pools. Here’s what it looks like:

Banzai Water Slide

A 29-year-old Colorado mother died after fracturing her neck going down this slide. She hit her head against the concrete edge of the pool when the slide partly deflated. CPSC and the firms recalling this slide are aware of two other serious injuries that have happened in a similar way:

  • A 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo., became a quadriplegic
  • A woman from Allentown, Pa., fractured her neck.

About 21,000 of the slides were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. During use, they can deflate. When this happens, the person on the slide can hit the ground underneath and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over and has inadequate warnings and instructions.

The recalled slides are vinyl with a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch over the top of the slide. Hose water can be sprayed on the slide’s downward slope from a nozzle on the arch. The words “Banzai Splash” are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo that is shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.

We urge you to stop using this slide immediately and return to Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund.

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.

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Drawstrings Not Allowed

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Look at your child’s jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters. See nothing unusual? Now, look again. Do they have drawstrings?

hood drawstring you should not see on your child's clothes

For reasons we show below, CPSC passed a rule in July 2011, designating most drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear as hazardous. This essentially means that you shouldn’t see for sale, and your child shouldn’t wear, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters with dangerous drawstrings. That means no neck or hood drawstrings for upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 12 or S through L. In addition, certain waist or bottom drawstrings are considered dangerous.

waist drawstring you shouldn't see

These waist drawstrings and the hood drawstrings above are what you should not see on your child’s clothes.

With waist drawstrings, there are three things to look for:

  • When the clothing is at its fullest width, the drawstring should not hang out more than 3 inches.
  • There shouldn’t be any toggles or other attachments on the drawstring.
  • The drawstring must be stitched into the back so that it cannot be pulled to one side.

Here’s why:

Drawstrings can catch on items such as playground equipment or vehicle doors. CPSC has received 26 reports of children who have died when drawstrings in their clothes got tangled on playground slides, school bus doors and other objects. Waist and bottom drawstrings that were caught in cars and buses resulted in dragging incidents.

CPSC first issued guidelines on drawstrings in February 1996. These were then incorporated into a voluntary standard in 1997. Since the clothing industry started following the voluntary standard, deaths involving neck or hood drawstrings  decreased by 75 percent and there have been no deaths associated with waist or bottom drawstrings.

Still, we continue to see jackets, sweatshirts, and sweaters made with drawstrings that are dangerous. CPSC has issued more than 130 recalls involving clothes with drawstrings including 8 recalls between November 2011 and May 8, 2012. Here are some recalls from  just the past month (as of publication of this blog). So, check your child’s upper outerwear and make sure to follow the instructions on these recalls.

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Recall: Safety 1st Cabinet Locks

Look closely at the locks you put on your cabinets to keep your children out. Do they look like this?

Recalled Safety 1st Push 'N Snap Cabinet Locks

If so, you should keep reading. The Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks are being recalled because young children can open the locks and get access to the cabinets.

Dorel Juvenile Group, the company that imports these locks, has received 200 reports of locks that did not adequately secure cabinets or were damaged. Three children who got into the cabinets swallowed or handled dishwasher detergent, window cleaner or oven cleaner and were observed and released from emergency treatment centers.

You can find detailed information on how to identify the recalled locks here.

Stop relying on these recalled locks to keep children out of cabinets immediately and contact the company at www.djgusa.com or toll-free at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for a free replacement lock. While you are waiting for a free replacement lock, immediately store dangerous items out of reach of children.

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Recall Roundup: February 2012

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Check Your Single-Cup Coffee Maker and T Discs

When you’re making a cup of coffee, you don’t want to get burned by having hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves spray out at you.

Today, we are announcing a voluntary recall involving about 1.7 million Bosch-branded Tassimo T Disc single cup brewers and certain Kraft espresso T Discs, due to a burn hazard to consumers. We are urging you to stop using these recalled coffee makers and espresso discs and take advantage of the free replacement part and espresso T Disc refund programs.

Here’s what the coffee makers look like:

Recalled Tassimo Bosch Single-Cup Coffee Makers

A 10-year-old Minnesota girl was one of 37 reported victims of second-degree burns from the coffee maker’s spray. The girl had burns to her face and neck and was hospitalized. There have been 140 reports of incidents in which the coffee makers sprayed hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers.

Either “Bosch” and “Tassimo” or “Tassimo Professional” are printed on the front of the coffee makers. They use small plastic disks, called “T Discs” that are filled with coffee, tea, milk, chocolate or syrup to brew drinks. This recall news release gives you a list of recalled model numbers and additional details.

Recalled Tassimo Espresso T DiscsSome of the Kraft Foods-made espresso T Discs that fit in these coffee makers are also being recalled because they can become clogged and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds during or after brewing. The 4 million recalled packages of T Discs are 25 types of Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob branded espresso T Discs used in Tassimo coffee makers. This recall news release tells you how to identify the recalled T Discs by codes listed on the packages. [LINK TO KRAFT RECALL] Kraft reports 21 incidents involving the recalled T Discs, including four reports of second-degree burns. One injury involved a 2-year-old girl from Canada who received second-degree burns to her face.

If you own these recalled coffee makers or the recalled espresso T Discs, stop using them today. Contact Tassimo through their website at www.tassimodirect.com/safetyrecall or by calling toll-free (866) 918-8763 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Tassimo will send you a free replacement “T Disc holder” for the coffee maker and a full refund for the T Discs.

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