LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Researchers at the University of Kentucky have found that inadequate size guidelines for all-terrain vehicles may be a contributing factor to a recent string of injuries and deaths.
The study results announced Wednesday found national guidelines don't account for variances in a rider's size and shape - particularly children. UK trauma surgeon Andrew Bernard says when a rider doesn't adequately fit an ATV frame it can hamper the ability to steer, brake or navigate.
ATV safety has been a concern since the release of a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. That study determined at least 555 people - more than 100 of them children - died in all-terrain vehicle accidents in 2006.