ATV Use for Children Under 16 Continues Despite Injuries, Warnings, Sales Bans
Despite efforts to protect children from the dangers of all-terrain vehicles, a new study led by Cincinnati Children’s finds that new regulations intended to keep kids safe are largely ineffective.
The research shows that when research team members posed as parents interested in buying adult-sized ATVs for their 12-year-old sons, 70 percent of the dealers were willing to discuss a sale. That, despite a ban by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on the sale of adult-sized ATVs for use by children 16 and under.
The study, led by Dr. Rebeccah Brown , associate director of Trauma Services at Cincinnati Children’s, was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference.
More than 1,150 children under the age of 16 were killed in ATV-related accidents between 2000 and 2007.