The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announcing the expansion of an earlier recall of trampolines to include at least 120,000 units. The earlier recall was announced in May 2012, and included about 92,000 units of trampolines, manufactured by Sports Power Ltd. of Hong Kong. The product is the SportsPower BouncePro 14-inch trampoline.
According to the company, the enclosure netting which surrounds the trampoline is at risk of breaking, which can pose a potential fall risk to children playing on the trampoline. Children who are bouncing on the trampoline can fall through the netting, and can suffer injuries.
The earlier recall involved only the trampolines which came with brown netting, and the recall has now been expanded to include all trampolines that come with the black netting too. The trampolines that have been recalled have the model numbers TR-1686-TPR printed on them.
According to the company, it has received at least 9 reports of accidents in which the enclosure netting of the trampolines broke. These incidents have been reported at least since May 2012 leading to the earlier recall. There have been at least 5 reports of injuries caused as a result of the enclosure netting breaking. These injuries include fractures, broken bones, back and neck injuries as well as contusions.
No personal injury lawyer will doubt that that these are extremely severe injuries. For instance, a child who is bouncing on a trampoline, and falls through the enclosure netting can be at risk of suffering a spinal injury or brain injury that can have long-term consequences.
This recall is only the latest in a series of recalls linked to trampolines that personal injury lawyers find very troubling. Experts recommend that parents avoid using trampolines for home use.
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