Seven roller coasters labeled dangerous in Japan

Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 9:31 AM | Contributed by GregLeg

Seven roller coasters examined in emergency inspections following the fatal accident on Fujin Raijin II had problems such as worn wheels and cracked axles.

Read more from The Mainichi Daily News.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 9:47 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar Wow.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 11:18 AM
Frantic Ferret's avatar I noticed that the story states that they failed to carry out annual flaw inpsections. I would have thought they would have required them more frequently than that. I'm really suprised to seen worn wheels as one of the missed items. I would think those could be visually checked rather easily.

*** This post was edited by Frantic Ferret 5/23/2007 11:19:06 AM ***

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 11:19 AM
ChicagoCoasterCub's avatar Ummmmm that sounds kinda scary. How many coasters in the U.S. would get a similar rating? I'm not sure I wanna know.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 11:19 AM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Very alarming news. Makes me think about how much I take for granted rides being safe. And I never really thought about rides outside the US possibly not following the same regulations that I take for granted here.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 11:20 AM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar I once heard an alarming statistic about bridges in the US...something like 1 in 10 bridges were estimated to be "in need of repair".
*** This post was edited by Acoustic Viscosity 5/23/2007 11:21:33 AM ***
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 12:41 PM
Jeff's avatar Perhaps they don't have the sue-happy culture we have here, so it's not as big a priority. Let's face it, between people who want to sue and ultra-paranoid insurance companies, not doing everything you can to ensure safety here in the states is outright bad for business.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 12:59 PM
DawgByte II's avatar

I once heard an alarming statistic about bridges in the US...something like 1 in 10 bridges were estimated to be "in need of repair".

In my area of Western New York, it's actually the other way around... 1 in 10 bridges "are not in need of repair". Kind of sad, but nobody will fork over the money to fix 'em... and since none have actually collapsed, nobody has a valid lawsuit against those responsible for the upkeep of the bridges.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 2:26 PM
How did it go from rollercoatsers to bridges? ;-)
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 2:49 PM
^I believe it was on the basis of 'assumed to be safe'...such as airplanes, elevators, buses...etc....
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 4:16 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Oh did I hijack the thread? My bad. :)
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 6:20 PM
All this in the year when I decide to go to Japan in 3 more months. Either I should be really alarmed or else feel extra safe with the findings of these inspections, but I'm not sure which.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 7:19 PM
That's nice hearing that inspections on the 7 japanese coasters were very poorly made, So they can replace axles and wheels with new ones and the accident that happened to Fujin Raijin II wouldn't have happened.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 8:24 PM
I wonder if Japan's safety record is worse than the USA's? I honestly don't know. Rideman...? Is there any data to demonstrate with any reasonable accuracy a comparison safety rating?
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Thursday, May 24, 2007 8:16 AM
Makes me glad i'm in the UK - it can be fun to watch the engineers checking the lift hill of the Pepsi Max Big One daily - you can always tell the trainees from their vertigo!

Seriously though, if i had any doubts as to the safety checks in place, i wouldn't go on a coaster or any other ride where a breakdown could cause injury or worse.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 2:36 PM
The only Roller Coaster I ever had Safety Concerns for was the SOUL TRAIN that resided at Edgewater Park in Michigan until 1981. I was one of the last persons to ride that coaster and when they Auctioned off the Rides two weeks later some of us walked the track of the old woodie and were appalled at what we saw. There were parts of thyat structure that hadn't seen a maintainence person in at least a decade!

Answer my Prayers: Overbook my next Flight!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 7:59 PM
I dont think this article meant that the rides were not inspected in a year. I'm guessing "annual flaw inspection" is a term used in Japan to mean a MAJOR inspection and Non-Destructive Testing session. I'm sure if an inspection as thourough as Japan's were conducted nationwide in the US, the results would be just as bad if not worse.
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