- Oct 13, 2013
The restraint was locked and given a green light. But the restraint wasn't designed for that shape of body, which is why these rides need to be VISUALLY checked as well. This particular company has had free falls installed since 2015 and this is their first accident. The one thing seatbelts would have prevented was being able to connect it, as it wasn't down far enough. That being said, the fatal one with the 10 year old in California did have seatbelts and he somehow slipped out anyways (no conclusion was ever reached other than it didn't malfunction and the operators had checked).
Just read that the restraint was still locked when the ride returned and that the kid was over the weight/height limit, they obviously don't weight you before a ride, but I assume it would have been obvious to the operator that his body was too large for teh ride judging by his height.
Another thing, the restraint used in a ride like this I guess is not of the type that has to in by so many clicks before it is given the green light? I do think there should have been a seatbelt too.