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Your iPhone 14 May Call the Cops If You Ride a Rollercoaster

A rollercoaster at Kings Island amusement park in Ohio.
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When Apple built crash detection into the iPhone 14, the company touted it as a life-saving feature. However, it’s causing some headaches for law enforcement, paramedics, and dispatchers who receive emergency calls informing them of a severe crash that never occurred.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a spate of these false positives have hit the Warren County Communications Center in Ohio since mid-September. In one such case, a King’s Island amusement park patron, 39-year-old Sarah White, rode the Mystic Timbers rollercoaster with her days-old iPhone 14 in her pocket. After the ride was over, her phone was flooded with notifications, missed calls, and voicemails from emergency services.

The iPhone registered the rollercoaster experience as a car crash and called 911, informing the police that “The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash and is not responding to their phone…” You can listen to the audio of the emergency call below.

White’s case isn’t the only one to come out of Kings Island. According to WCPO 9, iPhone 14s placed 12 emergency calls from the park between September 18th and October 9th. Apple released the iPhone 14 on September 16th. The highest number of false alarms came on Saturday, October 1st, and Sunday, October 9th. Both weekend dates yielded five emergency calls originating from iPhones located within the theme park. And it isn’t just limited to Ohio. The Wall Street Journal report details similar events at theme parks across the United States.

In a statement to the Journal, an Apple spokesperson said that the iPhone 14 is “extremely accurate in detecting severe crashes” but noted that the technology would improve over time.

To avoid the hassle of dealing with emergency services (and to save them the time and effort of mounting a rescue operation), you can put your iPhone in airplane mode, disable crash detection, or just turn it off before you step into a rollercoaster.

The Best Cases for Your iPhone 14

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Sources: The Wall Street Journal, WCPO 9

Danny Chadwick Danny Chadwick
Danny has been a technology journalist since 2008. He served as senior writer, as well as multimedia and home improvement editor at Top Ten Reviews until 2019. Since then, he has been a freelance contributor to Lifewire and ghostwriter for Fit Small Business. His work has also appeared on Laptop Mag, Tom’s Guide, and business.com. Read Full Bio »