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CPSC Investigates “Bounce Houses” After 2 Boys Injured

June 2, 2014 — Federal safety authorities are investigating two accidents involving bounce houses that occurred in the last two weeks.

The latest accident occurred in Littleton, Colorado, where two 10 year-old children were injured when a bounce house went airborne during 30-mph winds. The bounce house tumbled 200 feet across a field during a lacrosse tournament.

In mid-May, two young boys were hospitalized when they were tossed from a bounce house that sailed 50-feet into the air. The plastic anchors on the bounce house broke loose during high winds.

Dozens of children have been seriously injured or killed in bounce house accidents in recent years. One of the most serious incidents occurred in New York in 2011, when 13 children were injured after a bounce house blew across a soccer field.

In 2012, the journal Pediatrics published a study estimating that 65,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for bounce house injuries between 1990 and 2010. About 20% of those involved head and neck injuries. Fortunately, only about 3% had to be hospitalized.

Researchers warned:

“The number and rate of pediatric inflatable bouncer–related injuries have increased rapidly in recent years. This increase, along with similarities to trampoline-related injuries, underscores the need for guidelines for safer bouncer usage and improvements in bouncer design to prevent these injuries among children.”

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