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Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Sizzler Lawsuit in Arkansas

I've posted a number of times about incidents and litigation related to the Sizzler, a carnival ride built by Wisdom Industries.

On Easter Sunday of last year, a seven-year-old boy was thrown from a Sizzler in Arkansas and died. His parents and estate have filed suit, with the amended complaint alleging negligence by the ride operators and manufacturer. The focus appears to be on the ride lacking seatbelts -- it has only a lap bar, which does not do much to prevent riders (especially young and small riders) from getting out of position.

The defendants deny liability and assert, among other defenses, comparative fault and assumption of risk, so far as I can tell from the article.


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