Kite Tube Injuries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of 39 injury incidents, 29 of those resulting in medical treatment, associated with tube kiting. The injuries include:

  • a broken neck
  • punctured lung
  • broken ribs
  • broken femur
  • chest and back injuries
  • facial injuries (jaw fractures)
  • loss of consciousness
  • death

The above injuries were reported to the CPSC, but kite tube accidents can also cause the following injuries:

  • shoulder injuries (rotator cuff)
  • torn labrum
  • torn medial collateral ligament
  • fractured bones
  • broken bones
  • broken ribs
  • internal bleeding
  • bruised (lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen)
  • chest and back injuries
  • spinal cord damage
  • compression of the vertebrae/spine (C3, C4, C5)
  • partial paralysis
  • facial injuries
  • head injuries
  • concussions
  • loss of consciousness
  • death

For more information please read the CPSC Warning concerning the dangers of kite tubes and tube kiting.