THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S DIVISION OF CONSUMER PROTECTION WARNS CONSUMERS TO USE CAUTION WHEN PURCHASING AND OPERATING ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES
The New York State Department of State’s (DOS) Division of Consumer Protection alerts consumers on the dangers and risks associated with the use of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).
There were a total of 327 ATV- related fatalities across the United States in 2011. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported an estimated 107,500 ATV-related emergency room-treated injuries in 2011. An estimated 29,000 of those injured were children less than 16 years of age.
Last year, the New York Department of State, under the auspices of the CPSC, conducted onsite visits of ATV dealerships in New York State to confirm if they were adhering to age recommendation guidelines and other safety requirements as specified in federal statute. Out of the 10 dealerships visited by investigators, it was revealed that five dealer salespersons had recommended the sale of Adult (16+) ATVs for a 14 year old child. The applicable federal statute prohibits children under 16 years old from riding Adult (16+) ATVs. Also, it was found that four of the dealer salespersons provided little or no information about ATV vehicle safety.
These findings stress the need for greater enforcement of the federal and state guidelines as well as more consumer awareness on the dangers and risks associated with ATVs. The Division of Consumer Protection offers these tips and guidelines for ATV purchasing and use:
Consumers can acquire more information on ATV safety and ATV use, or file a complaint against a business or an individual by contacting The NYS Department of State Division of Consumer Protection hotline at (800) 697-1220 or visiting our website at www.dos.ny.gov.
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