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04 December 2007 @ 12:28 pm
Say what now?  
"The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency responsible for regulating traveling carnival rides, has not required Wisdom or any other ride manufacturer to make safety improvements in the past eight years. After a meeting last year on the Sizzler's troubled safety record, the agency asked only that ride operators pay 'greater attention to safety.'

"The CPSC has no employee whose full-time job is to ensure the safety of such rides. The agency's 90 field investigators - who oversee 15,000 products, work from their homes and live mostly on the East Coast - are so overstretched that they frequently arrive at carnival accident scenes after rides have been dismantled.

"As a result, critics say, supermarket shopping carts feature a more standardized child-restraint system than do amusement rides, which can travel as fast as 100 mph and, according to federal estimates, cause an average of four deaths and thousands of injuries every year.

"State regulators and ride safety advocates say that this record is emblematic of wider problems at the CPSC, whose lagging efforts to keep unsafe toys and other children's products from the marketplace have created a public outcry and have brought intense congressional scrutiny. Rulemaking by the agency has decreased during the Bush administration, and its officials say that budget and staffing constraints have made the commission vulnerable to industry pressure to adopt voluntary standards, or, in the case of fixed-site amusement park rides, no federal regulation."

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PMMJ: What the hell?!cheetahmaster on December 5th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Icon love combined with BWE love. It's a love-fest.
Jenexamorata on December 4th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
I knew I was making the right decision, avoiding those things like the plague!
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PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on December 5th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
I don't think we have a federal department of lightning safety, though, that is supposed to go around and check on the safety of lightning bolts, and that they are following specifications to keep people safe from lightning strikes. Much like poisonous Chinese toys, this is the kind of thing I'd like someone keeping an eye on, even if it isn't a large number of dead kids every year.
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PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on December 5th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I think a fair portion of the government does its job fairly well. S'why I get tweaked by things like this.

I mean, I also don't like carnival rides, but that's another thing entirely, in this case.