A statement on the website of playground equipment provider Playworld Systems says that “around 1,300” stainless steel slides have been recalled after 13 broke, leading to injuries including the two children whose fingers were cut off.
“The weld between the slide bedway and sidewall can crack and separate. A child’s fingers can get caught in the space, posing an amputation hazard,” the statement reads. “Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled slides and contact Playworld for a free replacement slide and free installation.”
The slides were sold to parks, schools and cities from November 2000 to October 2016, with prices ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. Playworld Systems has offered to ship a temporary barrier to those who bought the slide until a replacement slide arrives, to prevent children from using the slide in the meantime.