The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to address the potential “unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).” According to CPSC, staff is aware of 550 reported ROV-related incidents, including 335 reported fatalities and 506 reported injuries, occurring between January 1, 2003, and April 5, 2013. ROVs are defined as those vehicles with four or more pneumatic tires; bench or bucket seats for two or more occupants; automotive-type controls for steering, throttle and braking; rollover protection structures; seat belts; and other restraints.

The proposed rule would include (i) “lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements that specify a minimum level of rollover resistance for ROVs and require that ROVs exhibit sublimit understeer characteristics”; (ii) “occupant retention requirements that would limit the maximum speed of an ROV to no more than 15 miles per hour (mph), unless the seat belts of both the driver and front passenger, if any, are fastened, and would require ROVs to have a passive means, such as a barrier or structure, to limit further the ejection of a belted occupant in the event of a rollover”; and (iii) “information requirements.” Comments are requested by February 2, 2015. See Federal Register, November 19, 2014.