According to a new report published on November 26 in the journal Pediatrics, the rate of injuries to children on inflatable bouncers has risen fifteenfold from 1995 to 2010. Injuries increased from 702 in 1995, to 11,311 in 2010.
Inflatable bouncers such as moonwalks, slides, and bounce houses are very popular amusements are children’s parties or carnivals, therefore parents of young children should consider carefully its findings. According to the study, in 2010, 30 children/day were sent to the hospital emergency department for related injuries. 28% of children under the age of 18 were treated at hospitals for fractures; 27% of children had strains or sprains; and 19% of children had head and neck injuries. This data was obtained from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The new findings highlight the need for enhancement of the safety of these children’s inflatable bouncers, many of which present hazards due to negligence in the design or manufacturing processes. Unfortunately, there are far too many consumer products intended for use by children which make their way into the streams of commerce, with the potential to severely injure or kill unsuspecting children. If a family member has suffered significant personal injuries, or wrongful death, as the result of a defective inflatable bouncer or other children’s products, or negligence in the design or manufacture of a children’s product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.