CPSC Considers Barring Passengers from ATVs
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is seeking by Nov. 24 information from the public on the prevalence of carrying passengers on all-terrain vehicles and the feasibility of a performance requirement that would prevent passengers from being carried on ATVs. Interested parties may provide information on the prevalence of passenger use and the reasons why passengers ride on ATVs, potential means of preventing passengers from being carried on ATVs not intended for that purpose, and potential impacts of these requirements on the utility of ATVs. Interested parties also may provide information on possible changes to ATV design that may prevent passenger use and information on whether these changes could be translated into a performance standard.
The CPSC explains that even though ATV safety has been addressed through regulations, recalls, consumer education, media outreach and litigation since the 1980s, ATV-related fatalities continue to be one of the largest categories of consumer product-related deaths. CPSC staff will therefore use the information gathered to assist in developing recommended courses of action for Commission consideration.