Thursday, May 2, 2013

Amusement Rides Linked to 20 Injuries Daily


Nervous parents may fret about dangerous-looking roller coasters with precipitous drops, or rusty Ferris wheels in traveling fairs, but it turns out that for young children, coin-operated rides in malls and restaurants may be more of a cause for concern than expected, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 93,000 children went to emergency rooms for injuries related to amusement rides between 1990 and 2010, or about 20 injuries daily.

Of these injuries, 11,000 were from small, coin-operated rides, which were much more likely to cause injury in children ages 5 and younger than in older kids.

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