Mom Gets Results at Local Mini Amusement Park
WAXHAW, N.C. - Colleen Watts is a busy mom to four kids. The youngest is 2-year-old Joaquin. Over the weekend, the Waxhaw resident took him to Zuma Fun Center in Pineville. When they climbed aboard a kiddie train, Watts says the operator put the ride in motion before making sure everyone was secure.
Then she says she noticed a problem with her son's seat belt and hers. She recorded video of the belts with her cell phone. It shows hers, seemingly cut in half and her son's, tied in a make-shift knot. She says, "Why would you tie it? Right there just tells me you're willing to put my child at risk."
Watts says she immediately thought of the deadly mini-train accident in South Carolina last March, when a six-year-old boy was killed after that train derailed. She says of her experience, "Other parents need to know about this so another child doesn't get hurt."
One day after their visit, Watts called the manager of Zuma Fun Center to file a complaint. She wasn't satisfied with his reply and then called the NC Department of Labor. The department tells FOX Charlotte that an inspector went to the park Monday and found two seat belts that would not lock. The seat belts were replaced before the inspector left.
The manager of Zuma declined to go on camera, but tells us they strive to run a safe place. He said rides get checked on a daily basis and that the train operator should have made sure everyone was secure before putting the ride in motion.
Watts says the incident should serve as a reminder to all parents. "I'm thinking about other children that are gonna be next. Other parents need to be careful when they put their children on a ride," she warns.
Amusement parks are inspected once a year unless there's a complaint or accident. Before Monday, the Zuma train was inspected in June of last year and there were two violations. The Zuma manager invited Watts to come back to the park this weekend to see the rides.
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