Playworld Systems recalls slides over amputation hazard

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Playworld Systems is recalling 1,300 slides that are used in school and municipal playgrounds after a defect caused two finger amputations in children.

The Lightning Slides were sold by independent distributors over the last 16 years. They are made of stainless steel and the welds on the slides can crack and separate. A child’s finger can get caught in the space. Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled slides and contact Playworld for a free replacement slide and free installation.

A temporary barrier will be shipped to consumers prior to shipment of a replacement slide to prevent children from using the slide. Playworld is contacting consumers who purchased the slides directly.

The company is aware of 13 incidents of broken welds, including two children who have suffered finger amputations.

Read more here from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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