On August 1, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 23,000 Super Jumper Trampolines. The manufacturers advertise these products as providing backyard fun for kids, stating that a “bigger trampoline in your backyard means more fun with jumping for your kids and less risk of getting hurt.”
The CPSC notes, however, that Super Jumper has received 97 reports of the welds on the metal railings breaking, resulting in four consumers suffering injuries.
Trampolines May Break, Potentially Causing Injury
The products were manufactured in China, and imported and distributed by Super Jumper Inc. of South San Francisco, California. They were available online at Wayfair.com, Amazon.com, Hayneedle.com, and Overstock.com, and perhaps from other retailers, from November 2011 through June 2019 for between $200 and $400.
The recall includes three different trampolines:
- Super Jumper 14-foot trampolines
- Super Jumper 14-foot combo trampolines with enclosures sold without reinforcement clamps
- Super Jumper 16-foot combo trampolines with enclosures, sold without reinforcement clamps
Super Jumper states on its website that the Super Jumper 14-foot trampoline “is the best and safest option for older children who want to not only jump but also do some tumbling.” The company describes the product as having galvanized steel with frames “to provide support and stability,” but apparently, these frames were not as stable as advertised.
The CPSC has advised consumers to immediately stop using the recalled products and contact Super Jumper for a free repair kit. This kit will include reinforcement clamps that go around the trampolines welded joints.
Consumers can also contact Super Jumper toll-free at 866-757-3636 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or email at email@example.com. More information may be found on the company’s website.
Injuries Rising at Trampoline Parks
This is just one of many consumer warnings concerning trampolines. Over the past several years, the number of trampoline parks around the country has increased substantially. Whereas there were only a few such parks a decade ago, today there are at least 800, with more going up every day.
According to a 2016 study, emergency room visits for trampoline-park injuries increased by more than 1,000 percent between 2010 and 2014, from 581 to nearly 7,000. Common injuries include broken bones, though paralysis and even death have occurred. In a CBS News investigation, it was discovered that over the last seven years, at least six people have died from trampoline-park injuries.
An Action News investigation turned up similar results, uncovering hundreds of dispatch calls to trampoline parks in the Philadelphia area alone. So far, these have included a fractured ankle, broken neck, severed foot, dislocated shoulder, and a severe brain injury.
Critics call for increased regulation of these parks, noting that most contain design flaws that increase risk of injury.
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