ATV-related injuries decrease, report finds

ATV-related injuries have declined for both youth and adults, according to the federal government.

Youth ATV injuries have declined 14 percent, according to a recent report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Total ATV-related injuries in 2009 decreased more than 2 percent from 2008. The report also estimates the third consecutive decline in the total number of deaths in the three years (2006-2008), with a 16 percent decrease occurring over that period.

The CPSC also reported the risk of injury per 10,000 four-wheel ATVs in use declined by 5 percent from 2008 to 2009. This is the eighth straight year that injury risk for ATV riders has decreased — a downward trend the CPSC also describes as statistically significant — and it is now lower than at any time since CPSC began calculating this injury risk in 1985.

“The commitment of the member companies of the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) to rider education, parental supervision and state legislation is reflected in the continued decline of ATV injuries and fatalities as reported by the CPSC,” said Paul Vitrano, executive vice president, ASI. “Since 1984, the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the United States have worked closely with the CPSC to implement ongoing safety initiatives.”

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