The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a request for information “on the prevalence of carrying passengers on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the feasibility of a performance requirement that would prevent passengers from being carried on ATVs.” Comments are requested by November 24, 2014.
According to the agency, staff has conducted a pilot study on the characteristics of passenger-involved fatality incidents and determined that “passengers ride in various locations on the ATV, e.g., cargo rack and seat, and in front of and behind the operator.” The study also showed that “of 502 reported incidents with more than one rider on the ATV, more than 80 percent involved two riders: a driver and a passenger. Of those, about half involved both riders on the seat of the ATV, and the driver was more likely to be fatally injured than the passenger. . . . When two or more passengers were involved, a passenger was more likely to be fatally injured.” Among other questions CPSC has posed to commenters is whether ATVs could be modified to prevent passengers. The agency also seeks detailed characteristics of incidents involving passengers, including “the disposition of drivers and passengers, interactions between driver and passenger in incidents, weight of driver and passengers, helmet use of drivers and passengers, age/gender of the driver and passengers, and sequence of events in incidents with passengers.” See Federal Register, September 23, 2014.