United States

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Online Laws and Regulations:

Consumer Product Safety Act
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008


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.
Last Update
April 8, 2019


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