Go-karts are a fun and fast attraction and many amusement parks and children’s entertainment zones. It is no wonder that after a trip to a friend’s birthday party many children come home begging their parents for a go-kart of their very own. Before making the decision to purchase a private motorized kart, parents should consider and be aware of the potential dangers associated with owning a go-kart.
The structure of go-karts sold for private use is what makes them so dangerous. They tend to have exposed gas tanks, uncovered machinery and engines. Their open cage design leaves no protection for your head, arms, and legs.
A study that was recently released cited that children who sustain injuries from private go-karts requiring hospitalization tend to stay an average of five days in the hospital. More than half of the children that had to be hospitalized had to undergo at least one surgery. Almost a third of the hospitalized children required two or more operations. The lack of protection provided by go-karts used at home can cause serious injuries, such as:
The maturity level of your child is a big factor that could play into their safety. A go-kart is basically a slower, smaller car. Getting a driver’s license has an age requirement in order to stress the kind of responsibility needed to drive a car. At home go-karts require the same kind of responsibility and supervision as first time drivers.
If you or your child has suffered injuries due to a go-kart accident you may be able to be compensated for your losses.