The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would amend its current All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) standard by referencing the 2010 version of an industry standard that became mandatory in 2008. The updated version of the “American National Standard for Four Wheel All-Terrain Vehicles Equipment Configuration, and Performance Requirements” was first developed by the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) in 2007.

Despite initial concerns that certain changes from the 2007 version would result in diminished ATV safety, CPSC staff endorsed the updated mandatory industry standard to allow manufacturers, importers and third-party testing laboratories to operate under one standard, according to a CPSC briefing memo. Noting that the changes are relatively minor, CPSC asserts that the proposal would not significantly affect most small businesses.

Among other things, SVIA has recommended that all ATV riders operate age-appropriate vehicles. CPSC data evidently show that approximately 90 percent of injuries to children younger than 16 occur on adult-sized ATVs. CPSC requests comments and data on a variety of topics, including whether the revisions would enhance the clarity of the ANSI standard. Comments are requested by October 11, 2011. See Product Safety & Liability Reporter, July 12, 2011; Federal Register, July 25, 2011.