On Saturday, October 9, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled about 160,000 trampolines made by Bravo Sports due to a danger from improper assembly that can cause the faulty trampoline to collapse and injure users.
Consumers were advised to stop using the trampolines after Bravo Sports, of Santa Fe Springs, California, received 247 complaints. The trampolines come in 12-foot, 13-foot, and 14-foot sizes with model names of AirZone and Variflex. The trampolines were sold between January 2007 and September 2010 and they cost between $200 – $400.
The agency says if the trampolines are assembled improperly, they do not offer adequate support for the jumper using the trampoline and the legs can break when they are in use sending the person onto the ground.
Bravo Sports will supply consumers with instructions on how to reassemble the faulty trampolines and will provide replacement parts. Consumers can call 877-500-2459 for more information.
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimated about 100,000 people, mostly young children under the age of 14, were injured on trampolines in 1999. Every year, about 75,000 kids end up in hospital emergency rooms due to broken bones and head injuries. Many of those injuries occur when more than one child jumps on the trampoline at the same time and the two collide.
The Florida product liability lawyers at Farah & Farah reminds parents that no child under the age of 6 should jump on a trampoline. If parents have a trampoline in their yard, they have a duty to warn other children of the dangers otherwise, the injured person may have a claim against the homeowner.