Uh-oh…looks like One of our most beloved White Trash Carnie Rides, the Yo-Yo, has been recalled by Chance rides. According to an Associated Press article, Chance will be giving ride owners and state regulators kits to test and repair defective rides as well as putting out new maintenance guidelines. “We are pleased to bring that to market to allow the owners of Yo-Yo rides to keep them safe for the future” said Jeff Roth, Chance Rides vice president of administration.
This recall came after two Yo-Yo accidents related to the defect occurred, one this past May at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, CA when the arms of a Yo-Yo collapsed. The second one happening in 2006 at Six Flags Over Texas.
I’ve seen some pretty shifty looking Yo-Yo rides, so this recall is probably past due. Being a ride enthusiast, I kind of want to see what’s in this kit. Like maybe it has a gold doubloon with the Yo-Yo arms pattern cut out in the center. The owners walk 200 paces away, hold it up and see if the arms line up with the cut out. Or perhaps the kit simply has a note that says “get a Wave Swinger.”