Poor Oversight of Thrill Rides
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has not required any ride manufacturers to make safety improvements in the past eight years, despite several deaths and dozens of injuries, The Post's Elizabeth Williamson reports. This summer, four young people died at amusement parks, according to news accounts.
Critics say the lack of attention to the safety of thrill rides underscores the agency's problems in other areas, including keeping unsafe toys from the marketplace. Last month, Williamson reported that the chief of the CPSC and her predecessor have taken dozens of trips at the expense of the toy, appliance and children's furniture industries and others they regulate. Some of the trips were sponsored by lobbying groups and lawyers representing the makers of products linked to consumer hazards. CPSC officials defended the trips as a way for the agency to be in contact with manufacturing officials and hear their concerns despite a limited travel budget.
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