Posted by Deborah Pujoue on August 29, 2011
Another old-school childhood toy has been recalled after a 9-year-old girl fractured her skull and chipped a tooth while playing with her pogo stick. The incident has caused Bravo Sports to recall more than 150,000 Disney-branded pogo sticks.
I remember playing with a pogo stick when I was a kid, and I remember just how many times I should have broken my head open on it, too. Of course, when I did it, my lack of coordination often had me using the pogo stick to jump right off the curb and into a traffic-filled street. Sometimes I would even get nervy and try to use the pogo stick to jump off of porches and anything else that I could find. I was a little daredevil — a fact that likely prolonged my mother’s post-partum depression to last well into my teens. By then the condition evolved into post-traumatic stress syndrome from all of the broken bones and other injuries I got because of it.
However, I am getting off topic. Back to the report: Four other children have been injured besides the 9-year-old girl, and the manufacturer and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have already gotten 82 reports that claim that the rubber on the bottom of the stick is wearing out and that the end caps on the handlebars were coming off. What this means for your children is that they are not just open to getting hurt from jumping around like I was, it means that they are also exposed to sharp edges and may be injured due to lack of product safety.
The pogo sticks that have been recalled were sold in many different stores, including Burlington Coat Factory, Kmart, Kohls.com, Target and Toys R Us from February 2009 to June 2011. They cost about $20 and come in many different colors. The sticks also come in different Disney themes, including Hannah Montana, Toy Story, Cars, Disney Princesses and Fairies. If you think that your child may have one of these pogo sticks, you can find out for sure by looking for a Disney labels between the handlebars and manufacturing date codes between 01/01/2009-022CO and 11/30/2010-022CO.
You can call Bravo Sports at (855) 469-3429 or you can visit www.bravopogorecall.com for a full refund.