United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

United States
Portable rides only
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
Government regulates safety of portable rides; fixed-site rides are exempt
Inspection Program: 


Investigative Authority: 

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.

Reporting Criteria: 

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 ommission 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.

Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008