Over 21,000 inflatable water slides were recalled recently after reports began surfacing that they were responsible for serious injuries and even one death. Banzai, the maker of a number of popular water slides meant for use with in-ground pools, has recalled its product “In Ground Pool Slide” due to it deflating while in use. The blow up slide is set up next to one’s pool, but the unintended deflation has caused riders to come into close and sudden contact with the ground before reaching the safety of the water below. As a result, a number of very serious injuries have resulted.
One woman in Andover, Massachusetts hit the back of her head after sliding down the partially deflated device and died after fracturing her neck. There are also two additional reports of a fractured neck and a man who became a quadriplegic after sustaining an injury due to the slide.
Owners of the product, which was sold by Toys R Us and Wal-Mart Stores, are instructed to immediately stop use of the slide.