University of Kentucky Study: ATV Size Guidelines Inadequate

September 18, 2008

Researchers at the University of Kentucky found that inadequate size guidelines for all-terrain vehicles may be a contributing factor to a recent string of injuries and deaths.

The study results announced Sept. 17 found national guidelines don’t account for variances in a rider’s size and shape — particularly children.

University of Kentucky trauma surgeon Andrew Bernard says when a rider doesn’t adequately fit an ATV frame it can hamper the ability to steer, brake or navigate.

ATV safety is a concern since the release of a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. That study determined at least 555 people — more than 100 of them children — died in all-terrain vehicle accidents in 2006.

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