September 28, 2000
Release # 00-191
Rainbow Play's Number: (800) 724-6269
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Rainbow Play Systems Inc. Announce Recall of Play Sets to Replace Swing Chains

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rainbow Play Systems Inc., of Brookings, S.D., is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 play sets to replace swing chains. The chains can break while children are swinging and cause the swing seats to fall to the ground. Children can suffer injuries from falling to the ground while swinging.

Rainbow Play Systems has received seven reports of chains breaking. A 3-year old boy suffered scrapes and a bruise to his head when he fell to the ground after a chain broke. During inspections, distributors found four defective chains.

The swing chains are used on all models of Rainbow Play Systems play set swings and are covered in yellow or green vinyl. Rainbow play sets are made with redwood, and feature more than 50 different models and custom designed sets. In addition to swings, the play sets features include various types of slides, rope ladders, rings, ladders, canvas- covered forts and castles, and fire poles. "Rainbow Play Systems" is written on the slides.

Rainbow Play System stores nationwide sold the play sets with the defective chains from March 2000 through June 2000 for between $1,200 and $6,000.

Consumers should stop using the swings on these play sets immediately, and contact the company to determine if the chains are defective. If so, remove the chains and return them to the store where purchased for free replacement chains. For more information, contact Rainbow Play Systems at (800) RAINBOW between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or access the company's web site at

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