United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

United States
Exempts fixed-site rides
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Unless otherwise indicated, "devices covered" includes mechanical rides at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs.
Devices Covered: 

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).

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 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.

Date of last update: 
April 8, 2017