Playground slide recalled after kids' fingers amputated

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Slides were recalled due to amputation risks.

Playworld Systems and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 1,300 Lightning Slides after determining that the stainless steel equipment may contain a broken weld linked to the injuries.

The recall comes after 13 reported incidents of broken welds, two of which resulted in children having their fingers amputated.

The slides contain welds on both sides that attach the bedway (the piece you sit on) to the sides.

According to Playworld, the weld between the slide bedway and sidewall can crack and separate. If this occurs, a child's fingers can get caught in the space, posing an amputation hazard.

The slides were primarily sold to parks, schools, and municipalities from Nov. 2000 to Oct. 2016.

Playworld urges consumers not to use the slides until a free replacement slide is installed by the company. In the meantime, the company will ship a temporary barrier to prevent children from using the slide.
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