Playground Slides Causing Finger Amputations in Children

Keeping young children safe is a nerve-wracking full-time job for parents. From researching the best car seat to buying secure high chairs, helmets, and bed rails, a lot of thought goes into protecting children’s developing bodies. Even taking kids to the playground requires constant parental vigilance lest little ones fall off the monkey bars or be clobbered by another kid’s sandbox shovel.

Relatively speaking, playground slides seem like a benign place for kids to expend their intense energy, but tragically, one stainless-steel model has proven that it does not age well. In two cases children had fingers severed when they got caught in-between the slide’s parts. The Playworld-brand “Lightning Slide” has welds that can crack and separate over time, leaving a gap between the bed of the slide and the sidewall in which small fingers can get caught.

 

Consumer Slide Recall

The manufacturer, Playworld, has voluntarily issued a recall to this model, which they have been making for sixteen years. For free, they will supply a temporary repair piece that playground staff can use to fill in the gap until a free replacement slide arrives. Playworld is offering free installation for the new slide, as well.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) gives the following details regarding the December 7, 2016, recall here. Luckily, so far there have been only thirteen separated slides reported out of a potential 1,300 that were distributed from November 2000 through October 2016. The recall applies to both single and double bedway models.

 

Manufacturer Liability for Defective Products

With product liability lawsuits, there are often multiple parties to research in order to determine fault, and sometimes more than one is culpable. The slides were sold by Playworld of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, but were manufactured by Horizon Industries, of Columbia, Pennsylvania. The manufacturer must have bought metal from somewhere, and then the equipment was said to be shipped by an independent distributer. And what about the town or city that purchased them—did they have any maintenance responsibility?

Some other questions that need to be addressed are as follows:

  • Were the slides properly made?
  • Were the slides properly tested?
  • Was the integrity of the metal compromised or misrepresented?
  • Was there prior knowledge of this defect and possibly a cover-up?
  • Were there maintenance or safety measures not followed by the purchaser?
  • Did the distributer mishandle the equipment?
  • Should the playground managers have been inspecting the equipment?

 

Austin Defective Product Attorneys

The CPSC says that consumer product incidents cost our country $1 trillion per year. The massive toll that faulty products take on US taxpayers as well as victims is readily apparent. Anytime there is a dangerously made product, there is a potential defective product case.

If you have been harmed by a product or someone else’s wrongdoing, it’s time to speak with a personal injury lawyer to explore your options for financial compensation. Colley & Colley, LLP are personal injury attorneys with extensive experience in defective product cases. The consultation is free and carries no obligation, so give us a call at 1-877-411-2001 or reach us online.