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Parents have been warned to immediately cease using My Bouncer Little Castle after the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy. The warning applies specifically to My Bouncer Little Castle inflatables that have a green pillar attached to a yellow hoop within the castle’s base. These products are 88 inches long, 118 inches wide, and 72 inches high, and these products have both a bounce area as well as an attached ball pit.
Here’s everything you need to know about the warnings about the product, what to do if you have one, and how to keep your children safe.
Why is there a warning to not use My Bouncer Little Castle?
According to a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the yellow hoop in the inflatable bounce house had been tested but didn’t pass voluntary safety regulations set by ASTM International (formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials). The regulations were specifically put into place to help reduce the risk of users’ heads or necks become caught, the CPSC claims.
According to the CPSC, a toddler was “found with the hoop of the bounce house around his neck.” The boy died after the hoop became “entangled and twisted” around the child’s neck, restricting the toddler’s airflow and causing strangulation.
The CPSC also made note of a separate incident in which a child got trapped in a My Bouncer Little Castle bounce house but thankfully escaped without any injuries.
Where were the My Bouncer Little Castle products sold?
The product sold was various price points between $100 and $200, depending on the retailer and time of purchase.
What should I do if I have a My Bouncer Little Castle?
The CPSC advises to cease use of the My Bouncer Little Castle immediately and to neither purchase nor sell the items. If you opt to keep yours for some reason, keep it away from children.
If you or your child have ever been injured or otherwise endangered by or in a My Bouncer Little Castle, the CPSC urges you to report the incident at saferproducts.gov.
Can I get a refund for My Bouncer Little Castle?
The CPSC has not reported any formal refunding procedures for My Bouncer Little Castle at this time. Depending on where you purchased the item, individual retailers may issue refunds for My Bouncer Little Castle at their discretion.
Are there safe bounce houses?
There are plenty of other bounce houses for kids on the market that have not been issued safety warnings by the CPSC. However, it is incredibly important to supervise children whenever using bounce houses or other play equipment — because even with items considered safe, accidents can (and tragically do) happen.
Other bounce houses on the market that have high consumer ratings include:
- Bestway Fisher-Price Bouncetastic Bouncer, $109.99, Kohl’s
- Bestway Octopus Bouncer, $49.99, Kohl’s
- Costway Kids’ Playing Inflatable Bounce House Jumping Castle Game Fun Slider 480W Blower, $149.99, Walmart
- Little Tikes Inflatable Fire Truck Bounce, $187.99, Target
- Radio Flyer Backyard Inflatable Bouncer in Red, $299.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
- Step2 Sounds ‘n Slide Inflatable Bouncer with Sound Effects, $319.99, Buybuy Baby