According to a news source, a recent all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety summit hosted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) raised a pressing need for more detailed crash and injury data. While most participants generally agreed that ATV-related deaths and injuries must be reduced, stakeholders and others disagreed about how to accomplish that goal. CPSC Chair Inez Tenenbaum reported that some 780 people have died in ATV accidents in the United States since 2009, and 130,000 riders were treated in hospital emergency rooms. Surveillance data apparently do not provide information that would identify how crashes occur or even what ATVs are involved in accidents. Some researchers called for onboard cameras or event data recorders, a suggestion rejected by other summit attendees as too costly.
CPSC has just concluded an official comment period on an outdated 2006 notice of proposed rulemaking on ATV safety. And the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 required the agency to adopt the industry’s 2010 ANSI/SVIA voluntary standard as a mandatory standard. This occurred in February 2012. The summit gave stakeholders an opportunity to discuss outstanding ATV safety issues, including discrepancies between the 2006 proposal and the 2010 standard. With the inevitability of human error acknowledged, some called for more research into cognitive behavior. See Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, October 15, 2012.