FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
December 16, 1987  
Release # 87-080
 

Miracle Recreation Equipment CO.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission announces that it has authorized its staff to issue an administrative Complaint against Miracle Recreation Equipment Co., of Grinnell, Iowa, seeking repair, replacement, or refund of the purchase price of approximately 12,000 Flying Animal Swings. The Complaint alleges that Miracle's "Flying Animal Swing", a two, three, four, or six seat swing, because of the weight, size, and composition of the individual animal swing figures and because of a metal support tube which projects to the rear of each swing, contains a defect which presents a substantial risk of injury to children.

The Complaint alleges that there have been seven (7) cases of serious head injuries and one (1) fatality when children were struck by the swing.

Until this matter is resolved, the Commission staff urges the public not to use these swings which are found primarily on public playgrounds around the country. The Flying Animal Swings may be either a pony, seal, lion, or a squirrel.

The Commission's action was necessitated by Miracle's unwillingness voluntarily to remedy this problem.

Miracle is currently conducting on-going recalls/repair programs of its "Flying Wheels", "Flying Gym", "Bounce-Around Whirl", and "Bukaroo Whirl".

Persons or municipalities who are aware of incidents involving the "Flying Animal Swing" or are seeking other information regarding this product should contact the CPSC toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC.
Animal Swings