Consumer Product Safety Commission eyes standards for 4-wheel ORVs
The CPSC recently rejected voluntary safety standards suggested by manufacturers of 4-wheel ORVs, finding them inadequate. Instead, it will take testimony from the industry and the public and compose independent standards. It noted that the side-by-side off-road vehicles, capable of speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour, are involved in a disproportionate number of deaths and injuries. In March, Yamaha recalled 100,000 of its Rhino models for repairs, after two models were linked with 46 deaths in six years. The vehicles pose a substantial roll-over risk and have been associated with 116 deaths and many serious injuries since 2003. Many of the victims have been children. Industry spokesman suggest that the deaths are merely the result of owners' unsafe use.