WASHINGTON - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation Adventure Playsets of Amarillo, TX, announced a voluntary recall of wooden play sets.
 
The recall involves about 275,000 units sold under various names, in the United States and about 6,800 units sold in Canada. The CPSC reported that the plastic-coated lumber on the horizontal ladder (monkey bar/swing beam) can weaken over time due to rotting of the whitewood (spruce, pine and fir species), resulting in a fall hazard.

Adventure Playsets has received more than 1,400 reports of rotting ladders involving 16 injuries that resulted in nine emergency room visits. The injuries include two arm fractures, lacerations, scrapes, and bruises to children younger than 8 years old. Most of the reported injuries occurred when the swing came out of the monkey bar/swing beam that had rotted.

The play sets, manufactured in the United States, sold at Walmart, Toys R Us, Academy Sports, Menards, and Mill stores nationwide, and online at Walmart.com, ToyRUs.com, Willygoat.com and through the DMSI catalog from January 2004 through December 2007 for between $300 and $600.

Consumers should immediately stop using the swing sets and contact Adventure Playsets to receive a replacement kit.

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