Dem senator calls for increased scrutiny of 'trampoline parks'

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wants to crack down on so-called trampoline parks, warning such amusement parks are seeking to "avoid justice."

Six deaths have occurred at the parks since 2012 as well as a number of severe injuries, according to CBS News. Visitors to the parks are often asked to waive their right to sue by signing forced arbitration clauses.

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"I was horrified, as a parent, not to mention a public official," Blumenthal told CBS News. "Trampoline parks want to avoid justice. They want to rig the system against anyone who is injured who may assert claims against them."

The number of trampoline parks has increased from 40 in 2011 to more than 800 today, according to the news outlet, and they are governed by voluntary safety standards rather than any federal oversight. The parks, Blumenthal told CBS, are “trying to hide individual deaths, the total number. Everything about these injuries that may cast them in a bad light."

The Fair Act, which Blumenthal sponsored in February, would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in consumer cases.

“One of the fundamental principles of our American democracy is that everyone gets their day in court,” he said in a statement. “Forced arbitration deprives Americans of that basic right. This kind of injustice has to end.”

"Congress should have a role here ... but the biggest deterrent to death and injury at these parks will be the park owners being hauled into court, held responsible, deemed culpable, having to pay,” he told CBS.