A toy that is meant for fun during swimming season has left two people with severe injuries and one person dead. The Banzai inflatable water slide, which is intended for in-ground pools, has been proven defective by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). As a result, all of these slides that were produced in a certain time frame have been recalled.
In all, 21,000 of these slides are being recalled based on the findings from the investigation by the CPSC. The fatality caused by this product involved the 29-year-old mother of an 18-month-old baby girl. The woman was on top of the six-foot-tall slide and was heading into the pool when the slide deflated. Her head slammed into the side of the pool, and she was instantly paralyzed. She passed away the following day. Her family sued Toys R Us Inc., and was rewarded $20.6 million.
The Banzai inflatable water slides retailed for $250 at Wal Mart Stores Inc., and Toys R Us Inc., and they were manufactured by Manley Toys. The slides that were produced between January 2005 and June 2009 are included in the recall. Full refunds will be awarded to the individuals who purchased these defective products.