All terrain vehicles are very popular among teens and adults. However, one should never underestimate the serious risk involved in owning and operating an ATV. Even if you take all of the proper safety precautions, some of these vehicles are manufactured and sold with mechanical defects. There is nothing riders can do to prevent hazards from presenting themselves. This can result in costly property damage, personal injury, and in extreme, unfortunate cases, even death.
Every year there may be any number of ATV recalls issued for nearly every big name manufacturer in the business. As companies try to cut costs however, they can, it is inevitable that mistakes are going to happen. However, this simply is not a viable excuse for releasing a defective product, and it does not let ATV manufacturers off the hook when injury results from normal, appropriate use of their all terrain vehicles. Examples can be seen as recent as October 2008, when about 1,200 2008-2009 Can-Am Youth ATVs were recalled because the shutoff switch could malfunction and fail to shut off the engine in the event of a crash. This can cause the ATV to continue running with nobody operating it and send it careening out of control.
In March of 2007 the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission released a report on ATV accidents. This report showed that more than 4,400 deaths were caused as a result of ATV accidents between 1995 and 2004. The CPCS estimated that there was more than one death for every 10,000 ATVs in use. Recently, sales of Yamaha Rhino ATVs have been suspended because scores of deaths and injuries have occurred after the all-terrain vehicles rolled over on their drivers and passengers. So after years of pressure from consumer advocates and numerous injuries associated with the Yamaha Rhino ATV, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission in cooperation with Yamaha announced a recall of more than 120,000 Rhino ATVs.
If you have been hurt in an accident involving an ATV, contact Allen & Abaray, P.A. for a free consultation at (863) 669-9999.
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