Concerned Families for ATV Safety is a network of parents dedicated to reducing injuries and death among children driving powerful All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). We offer support to victimís families and provide families with information and resources to make informed decisions about their children and ATVs. Through public education we work to raise awareness of the need for adequate, common sense safety standards that keep children under 16 off ATVs, and for enforcement of ATV laws.

The consumer Product safety commission released its new data on deaths and injuries related to ATV's. You can view these reports here: 2012 CPSC Safety Report  | 2011 CPSC Safety Report  | 2010 CPSC Safety Report  |  2009 CPSC Safety Report. While the numbers seem to have decreased these past few years it's important to note that these are only ESTIMATED numbers and they will go up for at least a few more years before the total of deaths and injuries are complete. In fact, the 2014 CPSC Staff Briefing on ROVs, states that 33% of ATV fatilities between 2003 and 2011 involved children under 16.

ATV ALERT: A new national report on ATV accidents shows a 150 percent increase in injuries to children younger than 18 between 1997 and 2006. Hospitalizations for moderate to severe brain injuries tripled. Think, parents, think!

Dangerous terrain: ATVs and open roads

THEILMAN, MN – B.J.’s serves up burgers and beers just off the intersection of two public roads in Wabasha County, a slice of southeastern Minnesota where steep valleys frame the Zumbro River. It’s ideal terrain for off-roading.

And four-wheelers can hit the pavement, too, ever since Wabasha County expanded ATV access last year to county roads.

“It brings in people,” said Mark Jensen, B.J.’s owner. “A couple of times this year, the whole parking lot was full of four-wheelers.”

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New push for changes to ATV design

Nearly a decade ago, doctors in Nova Scotia thought they had found a way to protect children from being injured or killed on all-terrain vehicles.

The Canadian province banned children younger than 14 from operating any kind of ATV almost everywhere. The following year, the number of children hospitalized with injuries from ATV riding plummeted by half.

But today, the celebrating is over.

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State to state, ATV rules are all over map

OCEANO DUNES, CALIF. – The little girl perches her all-terrain vehicle at the top of a towering dune and prepares to plunge into one of the wildest places to go off-roading in America.

She is 4 years old.

Two dozen ATVs zoom past her. The girl, named Nina, has never driven an ATV until today. The model she’s riding was designed for drivers 12 and older. Her only training took place an hour earlier, when a rental company worker spent about five minutes explaining how the brakes and throttle work.

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