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August 20, 1998

Release # 98-155
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC Urges Further Safety Inspections of Mobile Amusement Rides

CPSC Urges Further Safety Inspections of Mobile Amusement RidesWASHINGTON, 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.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to