August 20, 1998
Release # 98-155
|CPSC CONTACT: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC Urges Further Safety Inspections of
Mobile Amusement Rides
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following an
in-depth investigation into what caused a Reverchon Himalaya ride to eject three riders at
a Texas rodeo, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued additional
guidelines to ensure riders' safety. One rider was killed and two others were seriously
injured when the Himalaya's lap bar failed on March 19 in Austin, Texas.
Since the incident, CPSC has issued three safety alerts to states for inspection of the
ride in critical areas. CPSC is now asking ride operators and inspectors to check eight
specific components, including fastener pins, rubber shock absorbers and center spindles.
About 25 Himalaya rides operate in the United States at both mobile carnivals and
fixed-site parks. Reverchon of France manufactured the ride in 1984.
In a separate action, as a precautionary measure, CPSC also is urging all states to
immediately inspect the mobile amusement rides known as Ranger, Kamikaze, or Hi-Flyer, in
accordance with the manufacturer's recently issued safety bulletin. California Ride Safety
Officials have discovered severe corrosion on some of the rides' shoulder restraints. If
the shoulder restraint were to fail, riders could be severely injured or killed. There
have been no reported incidents with these rides. About 17 Ranger, Kamikaze, and Hi-Flyer
rides operate in the United States at both mobile carnivals and fixed-site parks.
FarFabbri of Italy manufactured these rides from 1988 to 1992.
While CPSC has jurisdiction over the mobile rides that move from place to place, states
and local communities are responsible for inspections and oversight. State safety
inspectors will work with CPSC to ensure the rides operate safely.
While most states currently have some mandatory regulations or inspection program to
ensure ride safety, the following states have no regulations and do not require that rides
be inspected for safety: Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota,
and Utah and Vermont. The following states have insurance company or other private
inspections, but do not require inspections by state or local regulators: Arizona,
Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas.
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