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What’s the Problem?
The CPSC Warning  was issued on November 16, 2022, and applies to inflatable bounce houses with the name “My Bouncer Little Castle,” which have been sold since at least April 2013 on Amazon.com, eBay.com, Sears.com, and other online retailers for between $100 and $200.
“CPSC is aware of one fatal incident where a four-year old boy was found with the hoop of the bounce house around his neck,” the agency said. “The hoop became entangled and twisted, constricting the boy’s airway, resulting in strangulation and death. The agency is also aware of one additional report of a child being entrapped in the hoop but avoiding injury.”
The bounce houses measure 88 inches long x 118 inches wide x 72 inches high, and have a yellow hoop attached to a green pillar inside the main bounce house. The hoops were tested and failed to meet the ASTM voluntary standard intended to reduce the risk of accidental head or neck entrapment in inflatable play devices.
If you purchased a My Bouncer Little Castle Bounce House that is affected by this warning, CPSC is urging you to stop using it and dispose of it immediately.
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How Common are Bounce House Injuries?
Over 10,000 people visit the emergency room for bouncy-castle-related injuries each year in the United States, according to the Washington Post. A 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that injury rates in inflatable amusement devices in the U.S. increased 15-fold between 1995 and 2010.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) found that the frequency and rate of pediatric bounce house injuries have increased steadily since 2000. The study, entitled “Distribution of Injury in Inflatable Jumping Amusements in the U.S. Over the Last 20 Years,” speculated that kids will continue to get hurt in inflatable play structures unless injury prevention measures are stepped up and safety regulations are improved.
The researchers examined data on the rate of injury in children ages 2 to 17 from 2000 to 2019. Breaking down injuries in 5-year intervals, they found that 82,748 kids were hurt in bounce houses between 2015 and 2019, compared to only 5,599 during 2000-2004.
From 1995 to 2010 alone, there was a 15-fold increase in the number of bounce house-related injuries, and this rate has the potential to increase as at-home inflatable devices have become more available, the authors found.
“Although healthcare providers and parents have articulated concerns related to the use of inflatable devices for almost 30 years, these warnings have gone unnoticed,” the report said.
The researchers determined that although most bounce-house injuries (96.4%) are minor enough to allow for patient discharge from the ED, more industry regulation and community education is needed to keep kids from getting hurt from being struck while inside the inflatable play structure, falling out of it (35.8%), or a combination of the 2.
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