Officials: Stewart Amusement rides pass inspection ahead of Our Lady of the Assumption Church fair

Stewart Amusements is operating the rides at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Fairfield this weekend. (9/13/13)

FAIRFIELD - State officials say amusement rides have been inspected and deemed safe for fair-goers after the company that operates them had a ride malfunction that injured a dozen children last week.

Emergency services officials checked and rechecked rides like the ferris wheel and Ali Baba. They reassured fair-goers that the rides passed inspections.

Company owner Dick Stewart was at the carnival as the inspection took place. He would not talk to News 12 on camera, but he says that millions of people have safely ridden his rides over the years.

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Stewart says the mechanical failure that caused the accident was the first of its kind for his company. He says the investigation has shown that it was not caused by operator error, or by the violation of any regulation.

The company's swing ride malfunctioned in Norwalk on Sunday. They are operating the rides for the fair this weekend at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Fairfield.

The state police fire and investigative unit checked every ride set up for the carnival.

A dozen children went to the hospital following the accident in Norwalk.

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