Concerned Families for ATV Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2020

Carol Keezer 419-399-2860
Sue Rabe 503-743-2670
Carolyn Anderson 508-587-3335

Brockton, MA

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 2004 ATV Death and Injury report released October 7, 2020 demonstrates all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue to take a devastating toll on children under age 16. http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia05/brief/atv2004.pdf

Families with children killed by ATVs are demanding action in order to spare others from experiencing similar tragedies.

In 2004 the CPSC estimates a record number of 44,700 children under the age of 16 were taken to hospital emergency rooms as the result of ATV crashes. At least 130 lost their lives. Families need to be made aware of the extreme danger ATVs pose to children.

It can take CPSC as much as a year to release information critical to parents. Concerned Families for ATV Safety has been compiling information about children killed by ATVs this summer. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, at least 64 children across the country were killed by ATVs. Concerned Families has created an interactive map which documents fatality locations and provides links to local newspaper stories. View the map at: www.atvsafetynet.org.

Although more than 100 children are killed by ATVs and tens of thousands more are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year, families continue to await action while CPSC, which is charged with protecting the public from dangerous products, studies the problem. In June, CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton directed staff to begin another study. Although Chairman Stratton’s office described the analysis as new, many issues are not new.

For example, he requires staff to evaluate warning labels and training, which have been examined in depth over the past decade and serious questions have been raised about their effectiveness. Moreover, the Chairman failed to establish a timeframe by which staff should complete their assessment and make recommendations.

In addition, the Chairman opened the door to consideration of potentially more dangerous issues by directing staff to explore a “transitional ATV” for older children. It appears that these ATVs could be larger, more powerful and faster than models that CPSC and the ATV industry currently recommend for children under age 16. This concept suggests that safe operation of an ATV depends only on physical size. However, in its policy recommending that children under 16 not drive any size ATV, the American Academy of Pediatrics makes clear that safe operation depends on maturity, judgment and perception – none of which are generally well-developed in children younger than 16.

Large and powerful ATVs are not appropriate for children. These machines kill and maim thousands of unsuspecting children under the age of 16 every year. In the name of our children, Concerned Families for ATV Safety is reaching out to say, “Keep your children off adult sized ATVs and expect your government to help protect children by adopting a National Safety Standard for ATVs. What could be more important than protecting the lives and well being of children?”

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