United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

This work product was gathered by Saferparks as a public service. It is believed accurate when published, but there are regular changes in this information. Last 50-state update: September 16, 2008
Agency Information


Regulation Type:

Government regulates safety of portable rides; fixed-site rides are exempt

Rides/devices regulated under this authority:

  • Rides at large theme parks
  • Rides at smaller parks
  • Rides at fairs and traveling carnivals
  • Inflatables at carnivals and parks
  • Inflatables - private rentals
  • Go-Karts
  • Bungees
  • Waterslides
Regulations Pertaining to Accidents

General categories of accident reporting required for regulated devices:

  • Severe injuries
  • Injuries treated by a physician
  • Injuries requiring on-site first aid
  • Major equipment damage

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.

Procedure/Authority for Investigating Accidents:

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.

Records Provided to Saferparks:

A few investigation reports on serious portable ride accidents requested by Saferparks because they occurred in states that do not investigate amusement ride accidents. Click here to view records