February 20, 2003Playnation Play Systems Has Recalled"Fun
Buckets" on Backyard Play Sets
- Playnation Play Systems has recalled
about 1,400 "Fun Buckets," a vinyl bucket attached to a rope used to lift
small items up to backyard play sets' forts. As children play on the play
set's slide or platform, the 6- to 8-ft free- hanging rope can become
entangled around the child's neck. This presents a strangulation hazard to
Playnation is aware of two incidents where the bucket's rope became
entangled around the necks of two 4-year-olds. Both of the children were
freed without injury. However, CPSC knows of 135 children who have died in
the last 10 years from all types of ropes, leashes or jump ropes that were
attached to backyard play sets.
This recall involves "Fun Buckets" sold as an add-on option for backyard
play sets. The 14-inch-deep buckets are either yellow or green vinyl and
have a black nylon strap attached to the rope. The "Fun Bucket" was sold
with a heavy wood bracket to attach it to the roof of a play set fort.
Distributors of backyard play sets nationwide sold the fun buckets from
February 1998 through February 2003 for about $25.
Consumers should take down the "Fun Buckets" immediately and return them to
the store where purchased for a refund or a credit toward another product.
For more information, consumers can contact Playnation at (770) 792-9300
between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web
site at www.playset.com.
CPSC warns consumers never to allow free-hanging ropes on play sets because
of the serious potential for strangulation to children. Any free-hanging
rope should be taken down immediately. Consumers should contact CPSC about
any such items purchased from a retailer.