New study takes aim at children riding ATV's - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New study takes aim at children riding ATV's

A movement is underway that would limit the use of ATV's for all children age 16 and younger.
 
Researchers at the University of Arkansas say they have done the largest study of ATV injuries in children ever and have concluded the vehicles are not safe for kids.
 
The study reviewed 500 ATV injuries treated the Arkansas Children's Hospital over a 9 year period.

"The commonest injuries we saw were fractures of the legs," doctor Chetan Shah said.
 
There were a dozen amputations, skull fractured, brain and spinal injuries, and 6 deaths.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends prohibiting children under 16 from riding ATV's. A move industry leaders oppose.

"The reality is the vast majority of people that have ATV's and go out to recreate don't have those kinds of experiences.  They're not toys.  But they can also be operated safely," Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition member Dennis Larratt said.
 
The ATV Safety Institute of America says 90 percent of the injuries to children are because they are riding a vehicle too big for them. They also add no child younger than six should be allowed to operate an ATV.

Critics say there needs to be more laws to change that.

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