Woman Scalped While Riding Go-Cart

A southern Utah woman is recovering after being scalped while riding on a go-cart.

Dawn Tiatia was riding go-carts at her daughter's birthday party at a park in Saint George, Utah, a few weeks ago. A big chunk of her hair got caught in the machine's drive shaft and was ripped off her head.

After spending several days in the hospital, she made a full recovery. The park says there are signs warning about long hair getting caught in the machines.

This is not an isolated incident. Two years ago the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning for riders to immediately stop using these types of go-carts until they can be retro-fitted because of this problem.

Experts say to avoid this type of injury riders should: Wear a hair net, make sure your helmet is fitted to you so that loose hair doesn't fall out. Not wear loose clothing of any kind. Also look at the go-cart to see if it has an axle cover, chain cover, and engine cover to prevent anything being sucked into the go-cart.


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  • by Jaionna Location: Concord on May 6, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    The company should have told her that she should put her hair up, so necesserly its not her fault that it happened.Another thing is that in order to maintain safety they should CLEARLY post something to let them no such things may occur,but obviously there was nothing there to tell her it might happen. So wether or not she knew they should have still kinda remind her, maybe say "bacause or saftey rules we need you to put your hair up", or somthing close to that
  • by One with brain Location: Queens NY on Apr 29, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    i think people should tye up there ridiculously long hair before going on a ride
  • by Matt Location: Ohio on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    Companies this and go karts that when are people gonna take responsible for their own actions? If your hair to so long it can be caught in the engine then you need to tie it up. When is society gonna think to protect themselves and not rely on government and everyone else to do it. I know if I had long hair I would be paying attention to wear it could get caught. We as humans are getting ridiculous.
  • by Cindi Location: St. George, UT on Mar 14, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    This needs to stop. The owner needs to make sure that all equipments are safe and in good conditions at all times for the safety of his/her customers. Needs to do do regular safety inspections and to have well trained employees o make sure that customers needs to follow and obey rules and park policy for safety issues. Employees needs to be well trained as well not to allow anyone on rides unless they follow the rules, and if they don't follow they DO NOT ride (easy & simple). I was there that day but there were no helmet issue nor see any sign about hair. Employees also needs to train to know how to respond to emergency situation and not mention that they need to have a Manager (adult)supervision on site at all times. That day I saw only young kids (high school)that were working at the park that were respond to the emergency. Kids were panic and don't know what to do and I don't blame them. Manufacture should be be responsible as well for their equipment.I feel for the woman & famil
  • by Brad Location: Greenville on Mar 13, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    Forget the legal action. The business had signs posted warning about such a possibility. I feel for the lady but common sense should have been used here. People need to start accepting full responsibility for their actions; that's the root to alot of today's problems.
  • by Julia Location: Pittsburgh on Mar 13, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    When are people going to start taking responsibility for thinking about things before they do them? I think the Go-Cart business should not allow women to ride with long hair exposed and not tucked into their helmets but then I also think - "What was she thinking"? Even I know not to get my shoulder-length hair to close to the handle side of my hair dryer because the fan is housed there. That fan speed doesn't compare to the RPM's of an engine. I feel badly for her. I'm sure she went through things I don't even want to imagine but come on, people.
  • by Rosemary M. Location: central Florida on Mar 13, 2008 at 02:36 AM
    Wow, it is so ridiculus that this type of model go kart would still be in use after so many people have been injured! This does indeed call for some legal action.
  • by J Location: NC on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    Um guys wrong video, I clicked to watch it and I was told how the weather was going to be

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