Banzai inflatable pool slides are being recalled following the death of a young mother and two serious injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, New Jersey, just announced.
About 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides are being recalled because, during use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and also does not carry adequate warnings and instructions.
The CPSC is aware of the death of a 29-year-old Colorado mother in Andover, Massachusetts who fractured her neck when she was going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide that was placed over the concrete edge of a pool. The victim hit her head at the bottom of the slide, which had partially deflated.
The CPSC, Walmart, and Toys R Us are also aware of two other injuries which occurred in a similar manner. One involves a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Missouri who became a quadriplegic; the other involves an Allentown, Pennsylvania woman who fractured her neck.
The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, a yellow sliding mat, and an arch that is constructed over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange, and white logo that is shaped like a wave and appears on either side of the slide.
The recalled slides, which were manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd, were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us, nationwide, from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides bear the barcode number 2675315734 and the model number 15734. Both the barcode and model number appear on the original packaging, but do not appear anywhere on the actual slide.
The CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Banzai slide and to return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide and just return that portion. Walmart can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.925.6278, between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Central Time (CT), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.walmartstores.com. Toys R Us, can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.869.787, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Saturday; between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; or at the firm’s website at www.toysrus.com.