The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning that using
a water walking ball can be dangerous and may cause injury to children
and adults—although it is mainly used by kids. The water walking
ball has different brand and ride names.
The see-through, inflatable plastic ball is large enough for a person
to enter. After the rider climbs in, he she is locked inside. There is
no emergency exit out of the ball, which can be only opened by someone
outside it. Water walking balls can be found in certain carnivals, amusement
parks, malls, sporting events, and other areas of high traffic. The balls
are also sold for personal use.
The CPSC is warning that the walking water ball can pose a suffocation
hazard especially as the airtight ball may limit the air supply inside
if oxygen gets depleted and carbon monoxide starts to built. Impact injuries
can also result if two balls collide with each other or the balls end
up rolling off the grass or ice or out of the water and onto a concrete
surface because they don’t have padding.
Also, if the ball is in the water and it gets punctured, the person inside
could end up drowning. Other injuries can occur if a water walking ball
is hit by a boat or strikes another hard object. Water walking balls have
been used in pools, rivers, and lakes.
In one Massachusetts water walking ball accident, a child became unresponsive
while in the ball. Another person, a boy, sustained a fracture after the
ball he was in fell out of a shallow pool and rolled onto the ground.
If you or your loved one was hurt while using a water walking ball, you
should contact our products liability law firm right away. It is the responsibility
of any manufacturer to ensure there product is safe for use and that it
comes with instructions on how to use safely. Warnings of possible hazards
should also be included.
You may have grounds for a
water walking ball accident lawsuit.
Consumer Alert: CPSC Warns of Deadly Danger with Water Walking Balls, CPSC, March 31, 2011
Gov’t says don’t walk on water: People in big, inflatable plastic
balls can drown or suffocate, The Washington Post, March 31, 2011
Related Web Resources: Unintentional Drowning: Fact Sheet,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Products Liability, Nolo