The Banzai Inflatable Pool Slide was the subject of an urgent recall in May 2012, after several people sustained serious injuries, including one fatality and a case of paralysis, in Banzai Inflatable Pool Slide accidents. There is a serious risk that the Banzai Pool Slide will deflate during use, possibly resulting in a user hitting their head on the edge of the in-ground pool where it is being used. This can result in serious, life-threatening injuries, including:
- Broken necks
- Spinal cord injuries
- Leg fractures
At Alonso Krangle LLP, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience fighting for the rights of people injured by defective products. We are currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to injured victims of Banzai Pool Slide accidents, and their families. If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury because of a defective Banzai Inflatable Pool Slide, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today to learn more about the legal options available to you.
Banzai Pool Slide Recall
Banzai Pool Slides are designed for use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. A hose is connected to the top of the slide to allow water to be sprayed on its downward slope. The words ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide. Banzai Pool slides were made in China by Manley Toys, Ltd, and sold at Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250.
In May 2012, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Walmart and Toys R Us had agreed to recall the Banzai Pool Slide because of the serious risk of injury and death posed by the slide. According to the Commission, a 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had been placed over the concrete edge of a pool. The victim hit her head at the bottom of the slide because it had partially deflated. At least two other injuries have occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo. who became a quadriplegic and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her neck.
In recalling the Banzai Pool Slide, the CPSC cited three major defects:
- The Banzai Pool Slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide
- The Banzai Pool Slide is unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions
- The Banzai Pool Slides carries inadequate warnings and instructions
The recalled Banzai Pool Slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide. According to the CPSC, consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund.
Learn More about Filing a Banzai Pool Slide Injury Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a Banzai Pool Slide accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Banzai Pool Slide injury lawyers today at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling us.