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CPSC Recalls Trampolines Over Risk of Injury

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Trampolines are already a dangerous product to begin with, so it’s not surprising to hear about the recent recall of one product. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced the voluntary recall of Bravo Sports Trampolines due to of injury from falling. The recall includes 160,000 trampolines imported from China by Bravo Sports of Santa Fe, California and were sold between 2007 and 2010 for $200 to $400.

According to the CPSC, if the trampolines are improperly assembled, the legs or railing can bend and break off during use. So far, Bravo has received 247 reports of trampoline top rails or legs bending or breaking related to the faulty construction of the trampolines.

The recall includes all AirZone and VeriFlex trampolines, which were sold in 12, 13, or 14-foot models in blue, yellow, and red. Consumers are warned to immediately stop using their affected trampolines and contact Bravo Sports for instructions on how to inspect trampolines for the problem and how to reassemble the support pieces. The company will also replace any top rail or leg pieces damaged by jumping.

While jumping on the trampoline is a popular activity for children, most parents don’t realize the dangers that lie in allowing children to jump unsupervised or by allowing more than one child to jump at a time. In addition, most parents don’t realize the large number of injuries sustained while jumping on the trampoline. In fact, according to a Consumer Reports analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission Data on trampoline injuries, 100,000 children went to the emergency room in 2008 alone. Approximately 30,000 had fractures, while others suffered internal organ damage or spinal, neck or head injuries.

If you do allow your children to use the trampoline, check out safety advice from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. However, it’s best to avoid use altogether.

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  1. Stephen Davis says:
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    I would like to point out one very misleading mistake in this piece, where the author states:

    “Bravo has received 247 reports of injury related to the faulty construction of the trampolines.”

    This is not correct and if he had read the initial press release correctly, one that is even linked from the same paragraph, he would note that in actual fact the statistic is as follows:

    “..Bravo has received 247 reports of top rails bending or breaking during normal use. Four injuries have been reported due to the bending and breaking of trampolines.”

    This mistake changes the context of the piece entirely. I have absolutely no connection to the manufacturer whatsoever but you need to be careful what you write, even more so when you are directly linking to the original article.

  2. David Mittleman says:
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    Thanks for pointing that out, Stephen. I have made the appropriate changes. Also, thanks for reading.

    Best,

    David Mittleman