Amputation Hazard Prompts Recall of Stainless Steel Playground Slides
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Amputation Hazard Prompts Recall of Stainless Steel Playground Slides

The weld between bedway and sidewall can crack and separate

December 8, 2016

Playworld is recalling roughly 1,300 Lightning Slide stainless steel playground slides due to a risk of amputation.

The weld between the bedway and the sidewall of the slide can crack and separate. The fingers of a child can become caught in this space, posing an amputation hazard.

The slides are made of stainless steel and include both single and double bedways. Both sides of the slides have welds that attach the bedway to the sidewalls, and these wells run from the top to the bottom. The slides have no identifying marks.

The recalled slides were sold to parks, schools, and municipalities by independent distributors from November 2000 until October 2016 for between $1,500 through $4,000.

There have been 13 occurrences of broken welds. Two children have suffered finger amputations.

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the slides and to contact Playworld for a free replacement side and free installation. The company will ship a temporary barrier to consumers before shipping a replacement slide to prevent children from using the slide. Consumers who purchased the slides are being contacted by the company directly.

For more information, consumers can reach Playworld at (800) 233-8404.