On July 6, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the formation of an ATV Safety Review Team, a group comprised of what the organization called “a diverse and knowledgeable group of scientists, engineers and experts,” was tapped to look into “improving ATV safety of young riders.”
The move comes after Chairman Hal Stratton, in June, directed his staff to conduct a top-to-bottom review of "all existing ATV safety standards and make recommendations regarding the advisability and potential for issuing" rulemaking.
According to the CPSC, the team has been asked to provide “an exhaustive summary” of ATV safety-related proposals, including pre-sale training/ certification requirements, enhanced warning labels, formal notification of safety rules by dealers to buyers, the addition of a youth ATV model appropriate for 14-year olds, written notification of child injury data at the time of sale, and separate standards for tandem (two-up) vehicles.
CPSC representative Scott Wolfson told Powersports Business the formation of the ATV Safety Review Team serves as a part of the investigation called for by the petition filed with the CPSC by special-interest groups - the Bluewater Network, Consumer Federation of America and the Natural Trails and Waters Coalition - lobbying to ban the sale of adult-sized ATVs to riders under 16.
Wolfson said the 10 team members all are long-time staff members of the organization.
Read more about the CPSC ATV Safety Review Team in the July 25 issue of Powersports Business magazine.
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