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Trampolines voluntarily recalled by toy company

When California parents purchase toys for their children, they have the expectation that those products will not cause harm through ordinary use. Unfortunately, sometimes product recalls point to a safety issue that typically requires immediate attention from consumers. Recently, a voluntary recall was announced concerning a potentially defective product that arguably could cause significant injury.

Specifically, eight thousand toddler trampolines have been recalled by Panline USA Inc., according to announcements by the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently. The Alex Model 786X Little Jumpers Trampoline could potentially have a fall hazard due to the trampoline's handlebar. It was disclosed that the handlebar could break, causing children to fall and hurt themselves.

The product of concern was sold from January to March of this year for approximately $100. The product is toddler-sized, equipped with a yellow and blue handlebar, yellow legs and a blue mat. Concerned parents should look for the code listed underneath of the barcode on the trampoline to see if they have a model that has been recalled. The CPSC has warned that use of the trampoline should be discontinued immediately, and that the company should be contacted to obtain information about getting a replacement unit.

There has been no immediate indication that anyone has been injured as a result of the problem identified in this recall. But that does not mean that injuries have not occurred or may not occur in the future. While the focus of a recall is to fix a targeted problem, any injuries that do result from use of an allegedly defective product may be compensable upon proof of negligence in the manufacture, sale or distribution of the item. It remains to be seen if any families will seek relief from Illinois courts for injuries resulting from use of the trampoline.

Source: Examiner.com, "Toddler trampolines recalled for fall hazard," Megan Horst Hatch, July 18, 2012

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