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Proposed Safety Standard for ROVs to be Subject of Jan. 7 Meeting

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a public meeting Jan. 7 in Rockville, Md., to provide an opportunity for interested persons to present oral comments on its proposed safety standard for recreational off-highway vehicles. Requests to make oral presentations at this meeting are due no later than Dec. 30.

ROVs are motorized vehicles designed for off-highway use with the following features: four or more pneumatic tires designed for off-highway use; bench or bucket seats for two or more occupants; automotive-type controls for steering, throttle and braking; and a maximum vehicle speed greater than 30 miles per hour. ROVs are also equipped with rollover protective structures, seat belts and other restraints (such as doors, nets and shoulder barriers) for the protection of occupants.

The proposed standard includes lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements that specify a minimum level of rollover resistance and require that ROVs exhibit sublimit understeer characteristics; occupant retention requirements that would limit the maximum speed of an ROV to no more than 15 miles per hour unless the seat belts of both the driver and front passengers, if any, are fastened; a requirement for ROVs to have a passive means, such as a barrier or structure, to limit further the ejection of a belted occupant in the event of a rollover; and information requirements.

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