RECALL: Rainbow Play Systems Playset Trapeze Rings

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RECALL: Rainbow Play Systems Playset Trapeze Rings

childrens playset recall

Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Rainbow Play Systems have jointly recalled yellow plastic trapeze rings sold separately or as an attachment with the following playsets:

  • All-American
  • Backyard Circus
  • Carnival
  • Fiesta
  • King Kong
  • Monster
  • Sunray
  • Sunshine
  • Rainbow

The playsets are labelled on the swing beam's aluminum plate as follows: “Playgrounds America”, “Rainbow Play Systems Inc.” or “Sunray Premium Playgrounds”.

The plastic rings may crack or break, posing a fall hazard.

While there were no incidents reported in Canada, in the United States Rainbow Play Systems received more than 100 reports of the rings cracking or breaking.

These incidents resulted in 15 reports of injuries, including bumps, bruises, lacerations, concussion and a broken finger.

Customers are advised to immediately stop using the rings and to contact Rainbow Play Systems for removal instructions. Affected customers will receive a $10 gift card.

For further information, customers should contact Rainbow Play Systems toll-free at 1-888-201-1570, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday or visit the company's website.

From January 2007 through December 2011, approximately 6,496 of the ring sets were sold in Canada, and approximately 121,000 in the U.S.

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Snapchat Halloween Filters Terrifying Children

Let the nightmares begin...

Snapchat Halloween Filters Terrifying Children

With Halloween around the corner, Snapchat rolled out some fun webcam filters that twist your innocent features into those of a demon from the deepest recesses of hell. Cool - or as the young kids say - sick? Actually, it is sick, because some parents have been using the filters on their unsuspecting young children. And they've been recording their reactions and sharing videos on social media because why not.

Don't get me wrong, I was a hardcore horror movie fan girl - as a tween and teen. No kid under 10 should be subjected to these filters. It's not fun, people; borderline immoral, is what it is. Yet some people think it's hysterical.

These aren't 13 year-olds getting a good scare. These are little kids who should still be watching Peppa Pig, not seeing their own cherubic faces morphed into satanic spans with hollowed out eyes and spiked teeth. 

Fortunately I am a firm believer in karma. Any mom or dad who gets a kick of scaring the skin off their babies will be the same ones woken to a blood curdling scream in the middle of the night - every night - for the next six months. They will be the ones cursing under their sleep-deprived breath as they reassure their tots and try to persuade them that there's no such thing as bogeymen or zombies or monsters. 

But there is such a thing as monstrous parenting... 

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Lammily: The Doll That Gets Her Period

No shame in menstruation

Lammily: The Doll That Gets Her Period

Lamilly period party doll

What's not to love about Lammily? After all, the doll has "realistic" proportions, which is more than we can say about her grandma, Barbie. But just how much realism do you need in a toy?

Lammily now comes complete with an unprecedented accessory. Not, it's not the new iPhone, but a pack of colourful sanitary pads.

The idea is to help broach the subject of periods without fear or disgust.

"If a doll has pads, how can [menstruation] be taboo?" asks Lammily designer, Nickolay Lamm. "Periods are such an integral part of a woman's life, just a healthy part of it. It shouldn't have to be swept under the rug."

Launched in 2014, Lammily was a trailblazer in the doll world. She blew her Kickstarter campaign out of the water, raising more than $500,000 for her line of dolls. And YMC was there, to cheerlead and spread the word.

I'm all over Lammily and if I had a daughter, I'd probably be the first one in line to buy her. 

That said, I'm struggling to muster suitable enthusiasm at the idea of Lammily having a "Period Party." There's absolutely no shame in menstruation; but let's face it, there's no "party" either.

With the kit comes underwear, pads, a booklet, complete with calendar so girls can track Lammily's time of the month. Please note: it doesn't come with chocolate, a hot water bottle, or a string to pull to get Lammily to utter a string of creative curse words.

I was a late bloomer so I'd long moved on to boy bands by the time my Aunt Rose rocked up. Still, the idea behind Lammily is to reach girls well before they get their first period - and to prepare them as you would the apocalypse. I'm kidding. Sort of. 

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