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Child Falls From Amusement Ride

12 Jun

Once again a child has fallen from a one-size-fits-all restraint system amusement ride designed to carry adults and children. Here is a link to the initial report. http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Boy-falls-from-Wacky-Worm-carnival-ride-3622169.php and a link to a follow up story. http://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Police-say-no-mechanical-failure-in-carnival-fall-3625734.php .

This is not the first time these circumstances have occurred on a Wacky Worm amusement ride. I doubt it will be the last. Hopefully some of the more progressive states that regulate amusement rides will step up to the plate and require individual seat belts. The responsibility lies with the manufacture. The manufacture Fajume is not located in the USA and I suspect is not interested in recalling this ride or even offering suggestions.

Perhaps the Consumer Product Safety Commission will step in and suggest a remedy. Only time will tell. I would like to offer a suggestion to the governing authorities in Danbury, Connecticut, if a ride is designed to carry both children and adults and yet a child can somehow exit the passenger carrying compartment on their own, is not a failure due to the design of the amusement ride? Then how can it not be mechanical failure?

This particular amusement ride has a locking lap bar. If the child comes out from under the lap bar, then he was too small to begin with. A child’s safety comes first and foremost.