Study: ATV Size Guidelines Inadequate

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by 4wheelingforlife Location: Turkey Foot Ky on Sep 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    Coulnt have said it better Sara i agree 100%. But the anti Atv people always see it as the Atvs fault its never the riders fault it seems to them.Godspeed be safe hope to see you all on the trail.
  • by Sara Location: Berea on Sep 17, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    I am glad someone is looking into ATV safety. As an avid rider I see accidents but these kids are being given ATV's that are too big for them and are allowed to ride with no supervision or training. Parents need to consider size, age and maturity when buying an atv for their child. Once they buy itthey should not allow the kids to ride alone or unsupervised. I hope UK looks into all atv accidents not just the deaths of children but of adults who have died from an atv accident. I believe the best thing would be a drug/alcohol testing on anyone who is injured or died from an atv accident. I believe the testing would show that alot of these accidents are from riders under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Alot could be done to make riding safer but it will only work if ALL RIDERS and parents follow some guidelines. Another problem is riders who leave cans, trash and such on the trails we are allowed to ride on. We are losing trails daily from no respect for property owners. Save our sport

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