Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP

As summer approaches and kids are let out of school, it is important for parents and consumers to make sure that all toys and other summer activity equipment are in safe working condition and not subject to safety recalls.

Pool Slide Recalled after Injuries and Deaths

For instance, just last month the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of an inflatable pool slide sold at Walmart and Toys R Us stores between 2005 and 2009.

The Banzai Inflatable Pool Slide, as it's known, was found to partially deflate and cause users to fall and injure themselves. The slide has also been found to contain inadequate safety warnings or instructions for consumers.

In one accident, a Colorado woman broke her neck and died after the slide partially deflated as she slid down it. A Missouri man became quadriplegic and a Pennsylvania woman fractured her neck after similar events.

Consumers who own the Banzai Inflatable Pool Slide can return them to Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund.

Unfortunately, the recalled pool slide is not the only product that poses dangers to consumers. Luckily, the CPSC maintains a blog to educate consumers on any product recalls, summer product safety, grill safety and other common summer safety issues.

Summer Product Risks and Liability

When a product recall is listed, consumers may wonder who is responsible for any injuries that occur because of a defect in the product.

Product liability laws vary from state to state, but products, including summer products, must meet the ordinary expectations of consumers, meaning that they should be safe and free from hazards.

Typically, injured consumers are able to hold the wholesalers, product and component manufacturers and even retail stores responsible if a defect in the product's design, manufacturing or marketing caused the injury. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, contacting an experienced personal injury attorney is advised. A lawyer can speak with you about your rights under the law.