Wooden Adventure Playsets Recalled for Fall Hazard

<"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Adventure Playsets Wooden Play Sets—about 275,000 in the United States and 6,800 in Canada—distributed by Adventure Playsets, of Amarillo, Texas have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The Adventure Playsets Wooden Play Sets have been recalled because the plastic coated lumber on the horizontal ladder (monkey bar/swing beam) can weaken over time due to rotting of the whitewood (spruce, pine, and fir species), resulting in a fall hazard. To date, Adventure Playsets has received more than 1,400 reports of rotting ladders involving 16 injuries that resulted in nine emergency room visits. The injuries include two arm fractures, lacerations, scrapes, and bruises to children younger than eight years old. Most of the reported injuries occurred when the swing came out of the monkey bar/ swing beam that had rotted.

This recall involves wooden play sets with swings, slides, and ladders. Each set has an overhead monkey bar ladder that acts as both the monkey bar and swing beam, and an end ladder coated with cranberry or green plastic. The instruction manual has the name “Adventure Playsets” and one of the following model numbers printed on the cover:

• Bellevue 1-AP048, and 1-AP012*
• Belmont 1-AP003
• Dakota 1- AP046
• Durango 1-AP016 and 1- AP018*
• El Dorado 1-AP016
• Madison 1- AP006 and 1- AP015
• Sedona 1- AP002
• Sherwood 1-AP049
• Tacoma 1- AP017 and 1-AP051*
• Ventura 1-AP008
• Yukon 1-AP052

*Of note, the Bellevue, Tacoma and Durango swing sets were previously recalled due to detaching frames and a fall hazard. The prior CPSC recall announcement can be seen at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06163.html

The Adventure Playsets Wooden Play Sets, which were manufactured in the United States, were sold at Walmart, Toys R Us, Academy Sports, Menards, and Mill stores nationwide, and online at Walmart.com, ToyRUs.com, Willygoat.com, and through the DMSI catalog from January 2004 through December 2007 for between $300 and $600.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the swing sets and contact Adventure Playsets to receive a replacement kit. Adventure Playsets can be reached toll-free at 1-877-840-9068 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at www.adventureplaysets.com. Consumers can also email the firm at custservice@adventureplaysets.com

Health Canada’s press release can be seen at: http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=878

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