The Hill reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission will impose new safety requirements on recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs), including “lateral stability measures, vehicle handling requirements, and speed controls.” The CPSC stated stricter safety measures must address the “unreasonable risk of injury and death” ROVs present. The announcement was in the Federal Register, and the “public has 75 days to comment,” the article notes.
CPSC pushes for new, stricter ATV safety standards. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on a recent push for All-Terrain Vehicles to be designed safer after a decade of Federal regulators’ and safety advocate requests’ “have gone largely nowhere.” US Consumer Product Safety Commission documents identify that the CPSC made agreements with the ATV industry that “softened or eliminated” at least 41 agency-sought safety improvements in the last eight years. In one such case the CPSC allowed higher speed in children’s ATVs in part because of an industry argument that “children would get bored at some of the slower speeds.” Currently, the CPSC has allocated $1 million to study a “crucial safety issue”, rollovers. Though rollovers might best be solved with a wider base, industry is already pushing back citing trail restrictions and standard pickup truck widths as reasons to maintain current base width.
From the news release of the American Association for Justice.