March 23, 1999
Release # 99-083
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC, Reverchon Industries Announce Repair
Program for Himalaya Amusement Rides
WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Reverchon Industries, of Samois, France,
and Reverchon USA, of Wilsonville, Ore., are offering new inspection and maintenance
procedures and secondary restraints for approximately 25 Himalaya amusement rides
operating in the U.S.
CPSC has received reports of five incidents involving the Himalaya ride resulting in two
deaths and three injuries. This repair program is the result of a CPSC investigation of
these incidents. Most recently, one rider was killed and two others seriously injured when
they were ejected from the ride in Austin, Texas, on March 19, 1998. The component
failures appear to be the result of poor maintenance and inspection procedures. These
rides should be properly inspected and maintained according to the manufacturer's
specifications or serious injury and death to riders can occur.
Reverchon is offering ride owners and state safety officials current inspection and
maintenance guidelines, and a free tolerance gauge which measures wear on the lap bar
latch. Ride operators also must install a speed control device and a secondary lap bar
latching device. For more information, owners and state safety officials can contact
Reverchon in the USA at (503) 694-2803 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday
or Reverchon in France at 011-331-6074-9400.
CPSC is working with state regulators to ensure that these safety repairs and inspections
are carried out. In addition to this repair program, CPSC has issued three safety alerts
to states for inspection of the Himalaya rides. While CPSC has jurisdiction over the
mobile rides that move from place to place, states and local communities are responsible
for inspections and oversight.
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,
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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