Metal ‘Lightning’ slides recalled because of amputation hazard

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Playworld slide recall

Playworld has recalled roughly 1,300 Lightning Slide stainless steel playground slides. The weld between the bedway and the sidewall can crack and separate (see arrow in picture).

The company says a child’s finger can get caught in the space, posing an amputation hazard. In fact, there have been 13 reported incidents of broken welds and two children who suffered finger amputations.

The slides, which have both single and double bedways, were sold at independent distributors to parks schools and municipalities from November 2000 through October 2016. The slides cost between $1,500 and $4,000.

The faulty welds can be found on both sides of the slide and run continuously from top to bottom. There are no identifying marks on the slides.

Anyone who has this slide should stop using it immediately and contact Playworld for a free replacement with free installation. A temporary barrier will be shipped prior to the shipment of the replacement slide to prevent children from using the faulty equipment. You can also remove the faulty slide on your own by following these instructions.

The company is also working to contact consumers who purchased the slides directly from Playworld.

You can inspect your slides by following the instructions found here.

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