Archive for May, 2011

ROLLER COASTER LOOPHOLE SURVIVES COMMITTEE DEBATE, MARKEY SECURES HEARING FOR ISSUE

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 | Permalink

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted against closing a dangerous safety loophole that places fixed-site amusement park rides outside the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) has introduced legislation every Congress since 1999 to restore CPSC’s authority over fixed-site rides and offered an amendment to that effect today during committee consideration of H.R. 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act. Though his amendment failed by a vote of 10 in favor and 25 opposed, Rep. Markey secured a promise for the first-ever congressional hearing devoted to this subject.

“While I am disappointed by today’s vote, I am pleased that my colleagues have realized this issue warrants the attention of a congressional hearing. For too long, Congress has ignored the roller coaster loophole, preventing the CPSC from investigating accidents on thrill rides that hurtle children at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour.

“The CPSC lacks the authority to require park operators to share information about an accident with operators of the same ride in other states. This makes no sense whatsoever,” said Rep. Markey.

While the amusement park industry has fought hard against closing this loophole, yesterday Rep. Markey released a letter from a former senior executive in the amusement park industry who expressed support for Rep. Markey’s efforts to close the loophole.

Jim Prager, a former industry senior executive and board member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the trade association of the amusement park ride industry, was closely involved in the successful efforts to exempt fixed-site amusement rides from CPSC jurisdiction in 1981 and again in 1984. In his letter he stated that:

“Insurance programs mandated by states or maintained by the operating amusement park companies are often touted as assuring ride safety but many of these programs have gaping holes rendering the programs essentially meaningless. Some state licensing or inspection programs were created to serve not the public, but the industry, providing an illusory aura of safety.”

“The cost-cutting of the last 25 years has reduced the industry capacity for safety,” Mr. Prager added. “I now believe that I was wrong 25 years ago and that the industry should be regulated.”

“As a former industry executive involved in the successful effort to exempt fixed-site rides from CPSC authority in 1981 and again in 1984, Mr. Prager’s comments should be a clarion call to raise awareness about the need to close this dangerous loophole now. Until now, the industry line has been that federal oversight is not needed, but as Mr. Prager observes, self-regulation and a patchwork of state regulations are not enough to prevent tragic accidents from occurring,” Rep. Markey said.

The nation’s leading safety agency, the CPSC, oversees the safety of carnival (“mobile”) rides, but is prohibited from overseeing the safety of park (“fixed-site”) rides. Rep. Markey is seeking to ensure that the CPSC has the authority to investigate accidents, develop and enforce plans to correct defects and act as a national clearinghouse for accident and defect data.

Rep. Markey’s efforts have been endorsed by Consumers Union, the Consumer Federation of America, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Saferparks.org, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and Kids in Danger.

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Markey: Amusement Park Ride Safety Loophole Must Be Closed

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 | Permalink

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WASHINGTON – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) today reiterated his call for Congress close a dangerous loophole in federal safety regulation of fixed-site theme park rides, as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture released the findings of its investigation into the June 2007 accident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in which Kaitlyn Lasitter’s feet were severed due to a malfunction while she was riding the “Superman Tower of Power.”

“When it comes to amusement park safety, parents are the ones taken for a ride when they assume all rides are subject to the same safety regulations. The unfortunate truth is that the federal government is actually prevented from taking action to keep fixed-site rides safe, leaving a gigantic ‘regulatory black hole’ for park visitors, raising the risk of more serious injuries and even deaths aboard the rides,” said Rep. Markey.

“Tragic accidents like the one suffered by Kaitlyn Lasitter at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom deserve investigation by the federal consumer safety agency which can develop action plans to ensure that when an accident happens, additional safety measures are implemented at similar rides across the country. Instead, right now the Consumer Product Safety Commission lacks even the authority to require park operators to share information about an accident with operators of the same ride in other states. This makes no sense whatsoever.”

An existing loophole in federal law specifically prohibits the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), our nation’s leading safety agency, from overseeing the safety of amusement park rides (so-called “fixed-site” rides). Last year, Rep. Markey reintroduced the National Amusement Park Ride Safety Act, H.R. 2320, legislation that would close this loophole.

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Friday, May 6th, 2011 | Permalink

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Friday, May 6th, 2011 | Permalink

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