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Enterprise Amusement park ride

AM1
SIAR Code: 22820
Category: Hobby/sports and recreational equipment
Notifying Country: United States of America
Source URL: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/1984/CPSC-Announces-Corrective-Action-Plan-For-Popular-Enterprise-Amusement-Park-Ride
Publication Date: May 10, 1984
Manufacturer: Heinr, Wilhelm Huss & Company
Defect Description: Enterprise Amusement Rides Corrective Plan NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 10, 1984   Release # 84-031 CPSC Announces Corrective Action Plan For Popular "Enterprise" Amusement Park Ride Washington, D. C. -- After a thorough investigation of an accident involving the "Enterprise" amusement ride, on October 17, 1983, at the Texas State Fair in Dallas, in which one rider died and at least three persons were hospitalized, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced an interim corrective action plan for mobile "Enterprise" rides operating in the United States. The vote was 3 to 1 to accept the corrective action plan. Commissioners Stuart M. Statler, Terrence M. Scanlon and Saundra Brown Armstrong voted for the plan. CPSC Chairman Nancy Harvey Steorts dissented (dissent attached). The Enterprise ride is one of the most popular amusement rides in this country. The incident in Texas occurred when one car of the Enterprise separated from the sweep arm of the ride and fell onto the midway of the Fair. The ride was operated by Continental Park Attractions and manufactured by Heinr, Wilhelm Huss & Company of West Germany. The corrective action, which is to be implemented by Huss Trading Corporation in conjunction with owners of 6 similar mobile Enterprise rides operating in the United States, would include upgrading key structural components of the rides to bring them up to the latest manufacturing design. The plan will require intensive inspections--on a daily, monthly, and annual basis-- by ride owners and operators, in an effort to detect early-on the presence of significant structural damage or other problems affecting the Enterprise ride so as to avert similar tragedies in the future. The voluntary plan with the CPSC covers only mobile Enterprise rides (those transported from site to site) since the CPSC has no jurisdiction over rides permanently fixed to a site. However, the CPSC intends to provide information on this corrective action plan to all identified Huss Enterprise ride owners in this country in an effort to ensure total ride safety. Additionally, State officials will be requested to assist in the monitoring of the interim plan for the Enterprise. Presently 23 States regulate the operation of amusement rides in some manner or another. The Commission is continuing its investigation of the Dallas incident. Meanwhile, it will monitor inspections by the owners and take additional action where warranted. The investigation to date has led to inspections of most of the mobile Huss Enterprise rides and uncovered a number of examples of structural and other cracks, inadequate re-welds, missing turn buckles, loose screws and incomplete inspections. While not admitting the need for corrective action, the distributor of the ride, the Huss Trading Corporation of America, has agreed to work with the Commission in implementing the plan developed in cooperation with the Commission and the following mobile ride owners, Conklin Shows, West Palm Beach, Florida; Continental Park Attractions, East Karminsdale, New York; Foley and Burke Combined Shows, Redwood City, California; FunTastic Rides, Portland, Oregon; Klaesan Brothers, Ft. Pierce, Florida; Murphy Brothers Expo, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and James E. Strates Shows, Orlando, Florida. In addition to the seven mobile units, there are 12 stationary Enterprise sites in the following locations: Brooklyn, New York; Sandusky, Ohio; Aurora, Ohio; Hershey, Pennsylvania; West Mifflin, Pennsylvania; Seattle, Washington; Wildwood, New Jersey; Haines City, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Warwick Neck, Rhode Island; Shakopee, Minnesota; and Kansas City, Missouri.