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Cargo Net Playgrounds Pose Strangulation Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges parents to check outdoor play equipment with a cargo net feature before allowing children to play. Some nets have openings with a perimeter length of between 17-28 inches which could allow a child's head to pass through it causing head entrapment resulting in strangulation.


At least one incident in a fast food restaurant playground occurred where a child's head was entrapped and an adult had to cut the net to release the child. Though no serious injury occurred the potential for strangulation is high.

Consumers who know of a playground cargo net which could cause head entrapment should stop children from climbing on the net and report the playground. Call the CPSC at: 1-800-638-2772 to report the location of the play yard and the brand of the cargo net.

Written by James P. Nevin james.jpg 


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