Burger King shuts play area

Posted: June 13, 2001

MIAMI — Burger King Corp. is temporarily closing playgrounds at 650 of its U.S. restaurants to replace netting that surrounds the play areas after the death of a 4-year-old boy who became entangled in the equipment.

The child crawled on a net at a Burger King in St. Louis and was trapped in an off-limits area of the play structure, the company said. The boy died April 29 after the accident.

Burger King will install "no-climb" nets on the sides of the play structures accessible to children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said yesterday.

Burger King has about 3,200 restaurant playgrounds nationwide. Those built after 1996 have the new nets around the entrance and exit tubes, but older locations use netting with 2-inch holes that children can grab on to, company spokeswoman Kim Miller said. Holes on the new nets have 1/4-inch holes, too small for children's knuckles to fit through.

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