FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

September 1, 1993

 

Release # 93-106

 

 

: Modular playground equipment with solid metal decks manufactured by Miracle Recreation Equipment Company and installed from 1950 to the present at parks, schools and fast-food restaurants.

PROBLEM: If the decks are located in the direct sun, the metal can heat to temperatures in excess of 120 degrees and young children who climb or sit on the hot decks can receive severe burns. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission knows of 201 children whose hands, legs, or buttocks were seriously burned on the hot metal play equipment.

WHAT TO DO: If you own or think you recognize one of these decks, call Miracle at 1-800-523-4202 to identify the piece of equipment and to receive a repair kit designed to cover the metal deck.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Miracle Recreation Equipment Company, Monett, MO in cooperation with CPSC is offering "deck-coverings" to owners of its modular playground equipment with solid metal decks, to prevent the metal from becoming hot and causing serious burns. Young children can receive severe burns from contact with the bare metal decks, if the decks are located in the direct sun.

The solid metal decks on modular play equipment in direct sun can heat to temperatures in excess of 120 degrees, even on a 70-80 degree day. The Commission staff has received reports from consumers of 201 children who suffered serious burns to their hands, legs, or buttocks when they climbed or sat on the hot metal play equipment. The injuries occurred on bare metal play equipment installed from 1950 to the present at parks, schools and fast-food restaurants.

To prevent young children from being burned on bare metal decks, the Miracle Recreation Equipment Company is offering owners of Miracle modular play equipment a covering for all its solid metal decks.

Parks, schools and restaurant owners/managers who have Miracle modular play equipment with solid metal decks should call Miracle at 1-800-523-4202 to receive a covering which is designed to prevent young children from being burned on the metal deck. Also, consumers who notice unshaded bare metal decks on public play equipment should contact Miracle to identify equipment that needs to be covered.

CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.