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Jury Rejects Knott's Coaster Suit; Crackdown on Rock Climb Walls

Knott's Berry Farm: A jury rejected a $17-million lawsuit by Knott's Berry Farm against Japanese manufacturer Togo Japan, where Knott's claimed the Windjammer coaster had dangerous design flaws.

From Jason Herrera
Posted November 1, 2003 at 5:45 PM
A jury has rejected a $17-million lawsuit by Knott's Berry Farm against Japanese manufacturer Togo Japan, where Knott's claimed the Windjammer coaster had dangerous design flaws.

Knott's Loses Lawsuit

I rode this ride once, and didn't care too much for it. Anyone else here ever ride Windjammer? Is there anyone who liked this ride?!

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Rock Climbing Walls Need More Inspections

After the death of a Missouri woman in July, a nationwide effort has sprung up by the Federal Consumer Safety Commission to begin to improve inspections of portable rock-climbing walls. From previous expierence, if they're going to come down harder on rock-climbing attractions, then what about inflatable slides and such. You have an inflatable slide collaspe on a small child, you have a serious situation -- as always it'll take that to happen before anything is done....


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From Chuck Campbell
Posted November 1, 2003 at 7:41 PM
I rode Windjammer with my nephew a few years ago. He liked it because it was the first loop rollercoaster he'd ever ridden. I found it rough and uncomfortable--and we were both taken aback by the number of seats that were blocked off with yellow safety tape.

From Joshua Erwin
Posted November 1, 2003 at 10:17 PM
I rode it, but I don't remember that it might have had a flaw. I don't think it was too bad. It was like a little kid ride, but just one step above it. I rather have the soapbox derby cars back at knott's. Who is with me on that?

From R C
Posted November 18, 2003 at 12:54 AM
That's too bad. I feel kinda bad for Knott's. I have been a pass holder for years. I remember when they took down the Soap Box racers and put in Wind Jammer. I bet that ride was never open for a complete week straight without having some problem. From the time it was opened it would never work. I remember that they would have it shut down for weeks or even months at a time. What a waste of money on their part.
The Law Suit should have gone through. That was a horrible ride. It wasn't that fast and yet it was still really bumpy and would almost jolt the riders. I never felt right when I got off that ride.

From rafael guzman
Posted October 5, 2006 at 11:03 PM
i totally forgot about that ride. it was also my sisters first roller coaster, so why did it get shut down?? i dont remember it being all that great. but i always wondered what happened to it.

From Greg Shilton
Posted October 8, 2006 at 3:15 PM
I rode WindJammer many times. I was much smaller than, so, the seats were comfortable. But, it was a small space.

It was often closed because if winds that day reached a speed of 5 MPH or higher, the ride could not operate. (WindJammer couldn't operate with wind? Ironic)

The ride was very bumpy, and I often told my friends riding to keep their heads OFF the head rest. It would cause a headache if you had you head on the headrest. Also, I'd remember days when it was open, and no one was in line. I remember one day I was the only one in the entire car. I thought it was cool, but I was curious as to why.

So, the ride was a failure, and Knott's sued. They built Xcelerator which is a huge success for them.

Interesting Knotts' claim was rejected. It was plagued with problems.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted October 8, 2006 at 3:33 PM
You'd think that there cudda been people to testify on behalf of Knotts, ppl that had ridden it & could speak about the problems they experienced.

From Erik Yates
Posted October 8, 2006 at 5:25 PM
That opens up a whole new can of worms. Lets get people to speak about problems they had while riding a coaster at our park......Were I a lawyer and someone approached my client with that rationale I would have immediately said "Good point, now not only are we going to sue the manufacturer, but you for having such an underperforming ride that could have done permanent damage to some of its riders because of its underperformance issues."
Mayhaps they wouldnt have, but I could see several legal issues arising from that.

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