A customer at a go-kart racetrack in Beford Park is suing the facility’s ownership and management. She claims the seat belt on the go-kart she was driving did not function properly and as a result, she sustained injuries.
Kimberly Ball filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court on a recent Wednesday claiming that when she visited Chicago Race Factory on May 2, 2012, employees assigned her to a go-kart with a broken seat belt. The lawsuit alleges that they informed her the seat belts were for use only by children and that adults did not need to wear them.
Ball’s lawsuit claims that while driving the vehicle through the track’s first turn, her “body slid on the driver’s seat causing her leg, knee, hip and ankle to be injured.” She seeks damages in excess of $50,000.
The complaint alleges negligence on the part of the parent company and employees by permitting and instructing Ball to drive a go-kart with a non-functioning seat belt. It also names the racetrack’s manager, claiming he did not properly train his staff in safety precautions and allowed them to assign the go-kart with a broken seat belt.
The Chicago Race Factory’s website claims that it has the only quarter-mile-long track in the city and features “top-of-the-line go karts” with a top speed of 45 mph.