Safety information by device type

Amusement ride / Carousel


A carousel or merry-go-round is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating platform with seats for passengers. The seats are traditionally in the form of wooden horses or animals, which are often moved mechanically up and down to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of looped circus music.
Includes the following tradenames and generic devices:

Statistical Summary of Reported Accidents

This device type accounts for 3.0% of amusement ride accident reports.

Record count:239
Records that include age of victim:192(80%)
Records where accident type could be determined:217(91%)
Records with identifiable tradename:15(6%)
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Source: Public records provided by U.S. regulatory agencies under widely varying laws. Regulated industry sectors & devices and criteria for reporting accidents are different in every jurisdiction. 83% of the records were provided by three states (NJ, CA, and TX). 88% of the reports fall within the years 1999-2007. See the Data Sources page for more information.