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Every house I have ever lived in has had a swing set, "jungle gym" or "climber." Every elementary school I have ever known has also had a playgournd set of swings, "monkey bars" and other recreational equipment for kids to play on during recess or after classes. As a child, I enjoyed may hours playing on swing sets and "jungle gyms." My brother and I would even eat our meals in these structures during the warm summer months (and save our mom from having to clean up if we dripped watermelon or spilled our drinks !). So I was particularly interested when I received word that the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") had recalled children’s play sets made in China for Escalade Sports of Evansville, Indiana.

According to the CPSC, the hazard is significant, as the swing seats on these Oasis Playsets can crack and break in half, causing the user to fall to the ground. Escalade Sports has received 24 reports of the seats breaking, though no injuries have been reported. These defective and dangerous products were sold by Oasis distributors and dealers nationwide from April 2008 to December 2010 for between $1,500 and $2,200. Consumers should immediately stop using these swing seats and contact Escalade Sports for free replacement swing seats. For additional information, contact Escalade Sports at (800) 742-6009 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Escalade Sport’s website. Consumers can also e-mail Escalade Sports.

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