The Checkout


Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission called in with a clarification on the agency's decision last year not to ban the sale of adult ATVs.

The original petition by several groups including the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) had asked the agency to ban the sale of adult ATVs for use by children. Hence, the agency's response that it couldn't control people's behavior, he said.

The thrust of CPSC's new educational outreach effort, Wolfson went on, was to get children under 16 to stick to ATVs designed for them. "Limited weight and limited speed are positives when it comes to kids riding ATVs," he said.

CFA attorney Rachel Weintraub called the education campaign "too little too late."
She would still like to see a ban on the use of all-terrain vehicles by children 16 years old and younger. Young riders can figure out how to get around "speed governors" as they're called. As for the agency's plans to possibly ban three-wheeled models, she said they should've been banned years ago and should be recalled.

You can read more about the ATV controversy at Consumer Reports' On Safety, a new product safety blog co-written by none other than my predecessor Caroline Mayer and Consumers Union product safety guru Don Mays.

By Annys Shin |  September 25, 2006; 3:24 PM ET Consumer News
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How will this bureaucratic gestapo enforce its ban? ATV cops on every dirt road?

Posted by: Steve | September 27, 2006 2:01 PM

Adult ATVs? I think the "Checkout" has officially "bottomed out." You guys used to have some valuable information, but now it's just spinach and jelly doughnuts and 1980s recreational vehicles.

Posted by: CPS | September 27, 2006 2:26 PM

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