Safety is the number-one priority for the attractions industry. Amusement rides in the U.S. are safe and well-regulated.
In 2014, approximately 367 million people took approximately 1.6 billion rides. There were 1,146 ride-related injuries, or 0.7 injuries per million rides. Of those injuries, only 9.6% were considered “serious,” or requiring a hospital stay of more than 24 hours for reasons other than observation.
The U.S. attractions industry is a world leader in the promotion and development of ride safety standards. IAAPA works with ASTM International and other standards-setting groups worldwide to develop and update industry safety and maintenance requirements. This, in conjunction with state and local regulation of amusement rides and devices, has resulted in a strong safety record for the industry.
In past Congresses, legislation has been introduced to bring fixed-site rides under the jurisdiction of the CPSC. This proposal had dwindling support over the years, and has not be introduced in the past two Congresses.