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That diagram is comical and puzzling at the same time. More importantly, it's puzzling. Is that diagram suggesting that the operators are going to instruct the rider to adjust their stomach so that the restraint lowers to where the seatbelt extends across the waist? Does the seatbelt have to go under the stomach? I don't want to be an operator on IRAT if I have to adjust a rider's stomach position to fit the restraints. Talk about an embarrassing situation; even if it's for safety.

 

Also, it would be interesting know if the requirement for the "green light" to come on has been made stricter.

 

If you are large to where riding may be an issue, the seat belts pretty is going to have to go over your legs/under your stomach anyways. It's no different than on like MF or TTD where I had to pull the seat belt across under my stomach. And if you can't make the lap bar hit your legs, looks like it's a no go.

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Well, El Toro has seatbelts, which of course ruins the ride completely So I'm not to worried about this.

Now, to find a reason to get down to Texas...

 

Just remember, these are a different type of seat belt than on El Toro.

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On another note, it seems that the shin bars are gone now (at least on the actual trains).

 

EDIT: I didn't realize that the shin bars are only for the front row of each car. Makes sense, considering that the cars have no front.

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So much fail in this article, no none proof reads anymore

 

WFAA

 

SAN ANTONIO -- The Iron Rattler roller coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas has reopened with new seat belts after it was closed last month as a safety precaution.

 

The park wanted closed the new ride after 52-year-old Rosy Esparaza fell to her death from the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.

 

A spokesperson for Six Flags Fiesta Texas issued the following statement to KENS 5 on Thursday:

 

"We would like to thank our guests for their patience and are pleased this extraordinary coaster is now once again available. The Iron Rattler has been a very popular attraction since its debut Memorial Day weekend.

 

"Over the last few weeks, we re-confirmed the Iron Rattler is safe to ride, and to make guests feel even more secure, we added a seat belt restraint to each seat. The safety of our guests and employees is our company's highest priority."

 

The Texas Giant and the Iron Rattler are similar in design, both made from steel and wood. Park officials in San Antonio said they closed the Rattler until they can find out more about what went wrong on the Texas Giant.

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So much fail in this article, no none proof reads anymore

 

Where's the fail? I see nothing wrong with the article?

 

Piss poor grammer

 

*Grammar

Just kidding, but I see it now. I was looking for factual errors at first.

 

Anyway, I'm very happy that they opened Iron Rattler. It must mean that they found the reason for the accident. And that reason wasn't due to the trains (which I never thought it was) and most likely due to operational error.

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Our home park is SFOT, and one thing I've noticed since the accident is the Six Flags commercials on the TV came to a halt. I saw the first one in weeks this morning. We went today, and noticed nothing new in Giantland. Was hoping to see some signs of opening. A test seat out front, the tarps taken down, something. Nope. As we walked to Titan, a guy hollered at the security guard standing in the station looking down at us if the "Germans" have made it here yet. He answered back, that they hadn't. I assume the "Germans" would be Gerstlauer. Maybe we'll get it by Fright Fest.

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IRAT came on the Dallas news tonight (WFAA) and my parents went all GP on me. My dad now insists that every coaster needs seatbelts.

Nevertheless, I should be headed to SFFT next week to get my first ride on Iron Rattler, and I'm ever so excited. I'll see if I can report anything.

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Good to see that it re-opened. I'm a little angry at the belts, but if they really need them, then go for it. If they're just there to appease the GP I'm a bit angry, but this is certainly the most fail-proof way to keep any more ejections from happening (along with being an indicator of whether your body fits in properly, it could also keep an improperly restrained rider in the seat.) While having the ride ops check more closely for a dangerous situation could work, the seat belt, like it or not, provides an extra layer of safety. As long as the ride is running, it's better than if its closed.

 

On another note, I'm afraid of the GP. In the sense that they will force manufacturers to make coasters with stapling OTSRs and/or seatbelts. Imagine if the GP somehow end up forcing ride manufacturers shipping to America to install seatbelts (say goodbye to B&M hyper restraints as we know them) and restricting the intensity of coasters. I'm already angry at the GP's loopy-loop obsession that has meant that parks are forced to choose the SLC over the Mega-Lite. Now, I'm worried that they'll force more restrictive restraints. I really think that the GP they should understand that coasters are one of the safest forms of recreation and you are more likely to be killed driving to the park (this is actually one of the first facts I go to talking to people that are afraid of coasters.)

 

Also, let me say one more thing related to park safety. While you have an extremely tiny chance of being killed on a coaster, I would say the chances of being ejected due to a failing restraint make the chance of being killed in some other way on a coaster look huge. These restraints are designed (correct me if any technicalities are wrong here) with seatbelts (either the lap belt or the shoulder bar backup belt), backup locking mechanisms, and so on. And while the seat belts decrease the already tiny chance of ejection, the restraints - seatbelt or not - will not release and are perfectly fine as long as they are used properly.

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I haven't ridden either of the Rocky Mountain strawberry-flavored fruit chew coasters, so I don't know this. Are the lap bars ratcheting (click-click-click) or hydraulic?

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Could it be Gerstlauer went to the park today to investigate the NTAG trains? Makes me wonder since you said the employees were calling back and forth either they arrived yet... hmmm....

Sorry, I guess I should have clarified. It was just a guy. A guest. He was walking to the Titan in a group in front of us, he saw the security guy watching from the station and asked if the "Germans" had come yet. It was quiet all day there. Except for the occasional changing of the guard. That's it.

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