Far Too Many Inexpensive Inflatable Water Slides Are Being Sold at Seemingly Low Prices without Proper Notices and Danger Warnings
I recently received an email blast advertising a number of inflatable water slides and other inflatable devices in the $200 to $300 range. While the advertisements quickly pointed out that these devices would “provide hours of fun and exercise” on long summer afternoons at very affordable prices and how easy they were to operate and even stressed that they are recommended for children ages 3 to 12, they failed to notify or warn potential buyers, users, and their children of the hidden dangers of serious injury and death that may be inherent with these products.
Recently, there was a recall of an inflatable slide which took the life of a young mother and catastrophically injured others. The CPSC reported that over 5,000 injuries were reported related to inflatable slides and bounce houses with the number increasing each year as inflatable amusement and slide products become increasingly more available at lower costs. Inflatables are often seen at birthday parties, block parties, festivals, and many pools. Every year, a number of people will be killed and catastrophically injured due to defects and failure to warn of these inflatable amusement attractions and toys.
As an experienced personal injury attorney in Philadelphia, I am all too well aware of the dangers in the use and operation of inflatable attractions including, but not limited to, inflatable slides. Although they are bright, colorful, and bring joy to parents’ and children’s hearts, as a lawyer who has seen the dangers of these products, I am often on the other side of the spectrum after a tragic accident or death has occurred. Each inflatable ride should have specific safety rules and warnings regarding operation and supervision. An inflatable slide and amusement must be properly anchored but worse yet, many of these rides are inexpensively manufactured in China or other countries where there are a lack of quality controls and safety standards. Although scores of injuries and deaths occur, I am certain that many more accidents occur with inflatables that go unreported.
State and federal officials will admit that they don’t know how many inflatable accidents occur every year on inflatable rides or attractions, and although I hate to be a party pooper, I will not allow my children to ever board one of the attractions and I feel confident telling my readers that I would never purchase one or allow friends that I care for to do the same.
The experienced inflatable slide accident attorneys of Reiff & Bily always offer a free, no obligation consultation to victims and their families who have been injured as a result of an inflatable accident or amusement accident. We have over three decades of experience representing those catastrophically injured or wrongfully killed as a result of defective products. We are recognized as the Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and are honored to have been named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers.