Kids' fingers amputated by recalled slides

Kids' fingers amputated by recalled slides
Playworld is recalling 1,300 playground slides - slides with both single and double beds - of a kind that have amputated children's fingers. (Source: USCPSC)
Playworld is recalling 1,300 playground slides - slides with both single and double beds - of a kind that have amputated children's fingers. (Source: USCPSC)
Playworld is recalling 1,300 playground slides - some with double beds and others with single beds - of a kind that have amputated children's fingers. (Source: USCPSC)
Playworld is recalling 1,300 playground slides - some with double beds and others with single beds - of a kind that have amputated children's fingers. (Source: USCPSC)

(RNN) - Finger amputations suffered by two children while on heavy-duty playground slides prompted the manufacturer, Playworld, to issue recall notices to school, parks and cities.

Children and others should immediately stop using the recalled slides, Playworld said in a recall summary published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Welds between the bedway and sidewall of the stainless steel slides can crack and separate. If caught in the space, a child's fingers could be amputated.

The welds run continuously from the tops of the slides to the bottoms. The slides, named Lightning Slide, have no identifying marks.

Playworld said the approximately 1,300 recalled slides - slides with both single and double bedways - have been involved in 13 incidents of broken welds and the finger amputations of two children.

Schools, cities and parks purchased the slides from independent distributors for between $1,500 through $4,000 from November 2000 to October 2016.

Playworld said until it can install free replacement slides it is providing purchasers a temporary barrier to stop children from using the slides.

Consumers can phone Playworld at 800-233-8404 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, email at info@playworld.com or visit online at playworld.com and click on "Slide Rcall Safety Information" for more information.

The CPSC said incidents involving the product should be reported online.

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