A report released in late January by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that while the number of ATVs in use in the United States increased by 700,000 units, or 13%, between 2002 and 2003, the estimated injuries per 10,000 ATVs actually declined for two years in a row.
The CPSC 2003 Annual Report of ATV Deaths and Injuries found that injuries declined 6.2% from 2001 to 2003.
Although the overall number of injuries has increased, when the rising popularity of ATVs is taken into account, there was no appreciable upward trend in injury during the period in which the CPSC's study took place.
“It's unfortunate that more than 92% of ATV-related fatalities involve one or more behaviors that the industry strongly and visibly warns against in its rider education programs, in all its literature, and on the vehicle itself,” said Tim Buche, president of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), a not-for-profit trade organization sponsored by ATV manufacturers. “The industry's top priority is to continue to work with the CPSC, user groups, retail dealerships, and all others interested in promoting ATV safety to further reduce the number of accidents resulting from misuse of the product."
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