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If you have a pool and little kids
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ret    Posted 08-06-2003 at 16:52:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
In the pool at my daughters this afternoon, my 18 month old grandson was in an inflatable toy with wide pontoons on each side and on the ends. Supposed to look like he was riding an elephant, even had a plastic elephant nose. He has had this for a couple of months now. It is sink proof and pretty much tip proof. I don't get to far from my little guy when he is in the water, and today was no exception. I was next to him and suddenly he slipped right out through the middle of his float and was two feet underwater before I caught him. I don't think he even realized what happened The plastic area he put his legs through had split open, letting him fall through. Kind of hard to erase this from my mind tonight.

Jimbob    Posted 08-06-2003 at 20:25:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Water is high risk. I even removed a pool when I had a dream one of the kids drowned in it. Obviously, I do not take chances.

Willy-N    Posted 08-06-2003 at 19:26:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet if you look close at the label on on the toy it will say something like not intended to be used as a personal floatation device and to be used under supervision of a adult at all times. Best thing is to allways use a coast gaurd approved Life Jacket for the size kid it is designed for if they can't swim. I have pulled a few kids out of a pool under water that the parents took there eyes off just for a second. Lucky they did not drown. Mark H.

KellyGa    Posted 08-06-2003 at 17:46:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats pretty dang scary. I bet you got him up so fast he didn't even know what happened. Mine is learning how to swim. She finally lost her fear of going under water, so she is on her way. Glad it was all okay.

Les    Posted 08-06-2003 at 16:55:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your story has a happy ending. Good for you. Praise God!

Cindi    Posted 08-06-2003 at 18:14:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nothing, nothing, nothing, is a replacement for eyes on supervision. Tell you what though.....I would be writing some pretty nasty letters to the manufacturer of that pool toy and the national consumer advocate. That's a pretty lame part of a child's inflatable toy to fall apart. In my opinion, there is no excuse for that kind of thing to happen, get a hole in it, yes, trunk fall off maybe, but the saddle strap.....something seriously wrong with that.

ret    Posted 08-06-2003 at 19:05:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
you got to know I or my daughter is going to ToysRus and talk to them. She better go, cause I get upset real quick. Going to look for a label on it tomorrow. Probably made in china, everything is today. Getting more pissed just sitting here thinking about it

Cindi    Posted 08-06-2003 at 19:52:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont blame you, to me that is the equivalent of the seat belt in the car turning loose at a critical moment. Good luck.

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