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 injury 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.