The newly published U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 2014 Annual Report of ATV Deaths and Injuries confirmed once again that fatalities and injuries related to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue to decline. The Annual Report has shown a decrease in fatalities and injuries every year since 2007.
From 2007 to 2011, ATV-related fatalities declined by 23 percent and ATV-related fatalities involving children declined by 40 percent (reporting for 2012 to 2014 is ongoing).
The CPSC also reported (as it did in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Annual Reports) a significant decline in ATV injuries. The Annual Report states: “During the years 2007 through 2014, ATV-related injury estimates generally decreased each year…. When considering the entire 8 years together (2007−2014), CPSC staff found a statistically significant decreasing linear trend.” The Annual Report also states that ATV-related injuries to children of all ages decreased 38 percent from 2007 to 2014, and this decrease is a “statistically significant downward trend.”
“Member companies of the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) remain committed to continuing to work to further reduce incidents on ATVs through rider education programs, raising awareness regarding the importance of parental supervision, and continuing to advocate for state ATV safety legislation,” said ASI president and chief executive officer Tim Buche. “Since 1984, the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the United States have worked closely with the CPSC to implement ongoing safety initiatives. We appreciate the CPSC’s safety efforts, including the Agency’s promotion of its ATV safety website (www.atvsafety.gov).”
ASI urges all ATV enthusiasts and their families to follow the ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules: