Roller Coaster Defects: Who is at Fault?


The cart you are strapped to slows down the closer you get to the peak of the tracks. Your stomach is filled with anxious butterflies, but you are kept sane by the idea that one, this is supposed to be fun, and two, you are safe. Although most of the time these are both true, sometimes you are not safe where you are guaranteed you will be.

According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, there were more than 92,000 children injured in roller coaster and amusement park related incidents between 1990 and 2010. Who is to blame for this? Well, that is where things get complicated. There are a couple of different types of defects that cause roller coaster accidents.

Design defects occur when there is fault in the design of the product itself. This type of defect is the fault of the designer. These kinds of defects are usually widespread, due to the fact that everything made with a faulty design runs a high risk of backfiring.

Manufacturing defects happen when the parts of the product or the way the product is manufactured are the reason the product is faulty. This usually occurs when the product is not tested properly before going on the market.

In the case of roller coasters, it may not be easy to figure out who exactly was at fault, due to the fact that many designs are manufactured on a small scale.

According to the website of Pohl Berk, more than 21,000 deaths occur in the United States every year due to product defects. Although you should not go through life paranoid that everything is out to get you, do not trust a product just because it is presented to you. People die every year believing that if a roller coaster is allowed to run, it will not cause them any harm.

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