It is starting to become pool weather in Albany and in a few months children will be splashing happily in a neighbor's pool, sliding down an inflatable slide. While many Albany parents may be looking forward to making summer memories with their kids, they should also know of an important product recall, too.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently recalled approximately 21,000 inflatable pool slides after several people have reported serious injuries and one person has died after using the slides. Since these slides were sold in Wal-Mart and Toys R Us stores, it is likely that some of the slides sold have found their way to Albany and New York.
There have been at least two people who have broken their necks on the slides. A woman fractured her neck, but there is little information on whether she has recovered or if she was left with some kind of paralysis. Sadly, a 24-year-old man sustained the same injury and is now quadriplegic.
The most serious of cases has left one woman dead. The woman was using the slide, which had been placed on the edge of the pool. The problem that the Commission has found is that the slide will partially deflate during use. As the woman was traveling down the slide, she hit her head on the concrete lip of the pool. The woman's neck broke and she tragically died.
Albany residents know that they should be able to trust the products they purchase. They should be able to use these products without fear of injury or death. If they can't, they can sue the manufacturer in a product liability lawsuit.
Source: CNN, "Reported death, severe neck injuries prompt recall of pool slide," Todd Sperry, May 10, 2012