I was on a road trip last weekend, and one of my friends claimed she rode Riddlers Revenge at SFMM the week before, and her restraint failed to lock, so she was sent on the course with an open restraint.
She discovered only once they were on the lift, and the other people around her first wouldn't believe her - hers was the only restraint that didn't lock.
She said she went through the first loops with an open restraint, but it locked her finally, though in a painful way, after the second loop.
Now the way she told the story, I have to admit I didn't feel she was lying in any way, and she is also a coaster fan, so I didn't think it might have been a freak-out misperception,
but it is a very grave and terrifying thing to happen, that I somehow can't really believe.
So here is my question, with all the buffs out there:
Is it actually possible that a single restraint on a B&M coaster fails to lock?
*** Edited 4/4/2007 2:08:26 PM UTC by superman***
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She might very well have had a loose restraint, but if the restraints were locked, then all one has to do is pull on it and it will click down further. Not to be rude, but I kinda doubt this story. One of my friends tried to tell me that the same thing happened to him on Flight of Fear at Kings Island, and I don't really believe him either. It's kind of amazing how many people you can talk to who swear they've had a restraint malfunction on ride 'X', yet having worked for several years at an amusement park (and gone to them for far longer), I can say that I've never actually seen a restraint malfunction occur like the ones described by your friend or mine.
It's kind of amazing how many people you can talk to who swear they've had a restraint malfunction on ride 'X', yet having worked for several years at an amusement park (and gone to them for far longer), I can say that I've never actually seen a restraint malfunction occur like the ones described by your friend or mine.
I can tell you with 100% certainty that my sons (who had just hit the 48" height requirement) lap bar unlocked during a ride on Magnum, and remained unlocked for the duration of the ride. Luckily his seatbelt was fastened tightly, so there was no real danger.
In the RR case, however, I would strongly suspect the restraint was just loose and tightened during the ride. *** Edited 4/4/2007 2:51:26 PM UTC by Downhill Screamer***
Again, not implying that it happened in your case whatsoever, Screamer.
*** Edited 4/4/2007 3:06:14 PM UTC by HoosierTTD***
After loops like on Batman the Ride's first loop or Riddler's Revenge, it will lock further down. That's what I think happened.
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^ I think someone is watching final destination 3 to much.
Nope,I havn't seen FD 3 at all....not an HBO subscriber.
I was riding Jaguar and the lap bar came up.
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Makes for a rather funny story now...
I *have* had restraints go down an extra click, which in some cases can be pretty uncomfortable/painful, like on the Looping Starship at SFOG. I've also had times where I WANTED to get the restraint down just one more click and couldn't. I guess it evens out!
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