Swing Sets Recalled for Fall Hazard

About 700 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Swing Sets have been recalled by Kompan Inc., the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed and notes that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled Swing Sets, which were manufactured in the United States, were made by Kompan Inc., of Tacoma, Washington (January 1998 through December 2003) and BigToys Inc., of Olympia, Washington (January 2004 through December 2008).

The joint connection between the horizontal top beam and vertical end bracket and support post system can crack and break, posing a fall and impact hazard to users. To date, Kompan received 19 reports from BigToys of Swing Set that have had the end brackets replaced due to both actual or potential for cracking or breakage at the joint of the top beam and the support posts. The firm received three reports of minor injuries to users, however, the firm has been unable to verify the cause or nature of these injuries.

The recalled Swing Sets include the “To Fro” models listed below with any numbers in the series of model number codes listed. For example, for the first entry, S1-8, all single bay, 8 foot swings beginning with the model number S1-8 would be included in the recall. Kompan has not manufactured the swing since December 31, 2003 and has not sold it since December 31, 2008:

• Single bay, 8 foot swing: S1-8X-XX
• Single bay, 10 foot swing: S1-10X-XX
• 2 bay, 8 foot swing: S2-8X-XX
• 2 bay, 10 foot swing: S2-10X-XX
• 3 bay, 8 foot swing: S3-8X-XX
• 3 bay, 10 foot swing: S3-10X-XX
• 4 bay, 8 foot swing: S4-8X-XX
• 4 bay, 10 foot swing: S4-10X-XX
• 5 bay, 8 foot swing: S5-8X-XX
• 5 bay, 10 foot swing: S5-10X-XX

The recalled Swing Sets were sold by Kompan, Inc. from January 1998 to December 31, 2008 for about $700-$3250. The units were sold to customers through third-party sales representatives throughout the US. Third-party sales representatives are individuals and companies marketing and selling Kompan playground equipment business-to-business.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled swing sets and remove the chains connecting the seats to the top beam. A retrofit kit will be provided to all affected customers with installation instructions. Kompan is contacting swing owners directly by telephone and mail to advise them to stop using the swing and remove the chains connecting the seats to the top beam and is also advising customers that retrofit kits will be delivered with installation instructions. Kompan will follow up by telephone and email after the retrofits are delivered, to confirm installation by customers.

Kompan representative Joedi Rice can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 624-4869 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday; at the firm’s website at www.kompan.com; or by e-mail at joeric@kompan.com.

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