, giant slides, and other inflatable units are frequently the main attraction at school carnivals, children’s birthday parties, and other social events. But more and more frequently, these “inflatables” are the focus of stories on local news broadcasts, where parents and attorneys are interviewed about a new lawsuit arising from serious injuries to a child. These bounce houses, inflatable slides, and inflatable jumpers are designed to attract children – they are designed with bright colors, cartoon graphics, and other features that appeal to kids. But most inflatables are not designed to keep these children safe, and they have amassed a horrible safety record. This poor safety record has lead to several studies and reports that confirm these “moon walks,” bounce houses, and other inflatables are unsafe products.

In 2004, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a report on inflatables. The CPSC sampled hospital records to calculate the number of inflatable-related injuries between 1997 and 2004. This report, as well as other data on bounce houses and inflatables, showed a dramatic increase in injuries children during this period, with annual injuries estimated to be around 5,000. There have even been 4 confirmed deaths. The majority of the victims were between the ages of 5 and 14.

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