Includes portable amusement rides. Excludes rides operated at permanent amusement parks. Some non-ride amusement devices installed at permanent parks may be subject to CPSC jurisdiction (e.g., trampoline courts, soft play).
The Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) authorizes the Commission to investigate serious accidents involving portable carnival rides, inflatables, and go-karts. Amusement rides operated at permanent parks are exempt from compliance with the CPSA.
A ride manufacturer or owner/operator is required to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission if it obtains information which reasonably supports the conclusion that a portable amusement ride, inflatable device, go-kart or other non-exempt amusement device:
(1) fails to comply with a consumer product safety standard or banning regulation established by the omission or a voluntary consumer product safety standard upon which the Commission has relied under section 9 of the CPSA;
(2) contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard described in section 15(a)(2) of the CPSA; or
(3) creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death.