Dr. Christopher Fabricant of Red Bank, Monmouth County, contends he suffered “severe and permanent damage to his neck and spine” during a painful ride on Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. The suit claims a rider on Kingda Ka risks whiplash from the coaster’s “extreme speed and torqueing forces” if most or all of the person’s head extends above the rear of the seat.
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I can buy that a taller person would exceed the top of the seat (it doesn't have the big head rests of Dragster), but whiplash is the product of a quick push then stop, which the ride doesn't have. Maybe it's just the wording in the report.
It doesn't even seem like it was his neck snapping back over the top of the seat but rather the restraint crushing his shoulders?
It contends a park employee did not properly adjust Fabricant’s harness, and that a locking system prevented the harness from loosening, “but it did not prevent tightening.”
As a result, the lawsuit says, the harness “became locked tighter and tighter” during Fabricant’s ride, causing “excruciating” pain in his shoulders.
I am 6'1" and I've never even thought twice about the restraint on Kingda Ka or Maverick.
Whenever things like this happen, my default response is that if this is ONE injury out of X number of total riders, then the ride isn't defective. (I mean, unless X=1.)
Right, what's special about this guy out of millions of people?
It is Intamin's worst restraint design though. The shoulder component serves no purpose beyond appearance. I still think their best variation is the one on Dragster, which I'm not sure appeared on any other ride.
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