A playground equipment distributor in Pennsylvania is recalling hundreds of slides after two children had their fingers amputated in sliding accidents.
About 1,300 "Lightning Slides" have been recalled by Playworld Systems Inc., according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The welds on the stainless steel slides are reportedly liable to crack, leaving a gap between the bedway and sidewall.
The welds have broken on at least 13 different slides. Two children have suffered amputations after getting their fingers caught in the gap created by the broken welds.
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Consumers are advised to immediately cease using the slides and to contact Playworld for a replacement, which will be installed at no charge.
The slides were sold to parks, schools and municipalities between November 2000 and October 2016. Prices ranged from $1,500 to $4,000.
In 2001, the Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a study and found that roughly 200,000 children under the age of 14 are sent to the emergency room following playground accidents every year, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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The vast majority of injuries are non-fatal. The same study concluded that less than 150 children died from playground accidents between 1990 and 2000. Of these deaths, about 70 percent happened at home playgrounds.