Skywalker Holdings has recalled 60,000 defective trampoline products because the enclosure can fail resulting in a fall hazard and serious personal injuries. According to news article in Consumer Reports, the company has received at least 250 reports of support straps that connect the top of the enclosure to the poles, breaking. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission officials say that so far no injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of these product defects.
This product recall includes a 13-foot square trampoline and enclosure combination, which has blue spring pads, a black net enclosure and a jumping mat. The name “Skywalker Holdings” is printed on a label located under the jumping mat. These defective trampolines were made in China and sold at specialty stores and major retailers nationwide and online from January 2007 through February 2009 for between $400 and $600. If you own one of these defective products and have questions, please stop using it immediately and call 1-866-603-5867 for a free repair kit.
According to CPSC statistics, more than 105,000 hospital-treated injuries in the United States in 2007 involved trampoline injuries. The most common injuries suffered as a result of a trampoline failing or a fall from a trampoline include head injuries, fractures, sprains, cuts and bruises. Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Pediatrics do not recommend buying trampolines for use in the backyard or a residence.
In fact, the American Association of Pediatrics states that trampolines should not be viewed as play equipment for children and that parents would be well advised not to keep trampolines at home — whether indoors or outdoors. Trampolines in school yards can also pose a serious hazard. Using a trampoline is appropriate only under the direct supervision of trained professionals such as athletic trainers or physical therapists. Even then, only one person may use it at a time. Before using a trampoline, it must be checked for defects such as rust, tears and detachments. A safety pad should cover all portions of the steel frame and springs.