SAFETY NEWS FROM THE......
U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20207
Remember...to report an unsafe consumer product or a product-related injury, consumers may call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772. A teletypewriter for hearing impaired is available at 1-800-638-8270; the Maryland TTY number is 1-800-492-8104.
SAFETY COMMISSION REISSUES WARNING:
YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 16 SHOULD NOT RIDE ADULT-SIZE ATV'S
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still concerned about young people under 16 years of age who are killed or injured riding adult-size ATV's. Despite a significant reduction in ATV-related injuries and deaths since the mid-1980's, young people constitute about 40 percent of all deaths and estimated injuries. In 1990, there were about 77 deaths and an estimated 19,400 injuries involving ATV's ridden by young people under the age of 16. For drivers under 16 years of age, there is a 1-in-3 chance of having an ATV-related injury during the average lifespan of the ATV. The total costs of deaths and injuries to young people under the age of 16 amounted to more than $500 million in 1989. The cost of deaths and injuries associated with ATV's about $3,500 per ATV over the life of the product.