ATV Safety Alert

A T V  S A F E T Y  A L E R T

 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has concluded that ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES (ATVs) may present a risk of DEATH or SEVERE INJURY if operated incorrectly. Accidents may occur for many reasons.

 

**** Since 2011 over 2,6631 people, including many children, have died in accidents associated

         With ATVs. Every month, thousands of people are treated in hospital emergency rooms

         for injuries received while riding an ATV.

 

**** Some of these injuries have resulted in people being paralyzed, or suffering severe internal

         injuries.

 

You should be aware that AN ATV IS NOT A TOY AND CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO OPERATE. An ATV handles differently from other vehicles, including motorcycles and cars. A collision or rollover can occur quickly, even during routine maneuvers such as turning, driving on hills, and over obstacles. This can cause severe and even fatal injuries if you fail to take proper precautions.

 

1 CPSC 2015 Annual Report of ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries, Jan. 2017

 

 

TO AVOID DEATH OR SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY:

 

ALWAYS READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL CAREFULLY, WATCH THE SAFETY DVD, AND FOLLOW THE OPERATING PROCEDURES DESCRIBED. PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE WARNINGS CONTAINED IN THE MANUAL AND ON ALL LABELS.

 

NEVER OPERATE AN ATV WITHOUT PROPER INSTRUCTION. TAKE A TRAINING COURSE. BEGINNERS SHOULD COMPLETE THE TRAINING COURSE DESCRIBED IN THE “TRAINING COURSE” PORTION OF THIS DOCUMENT. ADULT SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED FOR YOUTH RIDERS UNDER 16 YEARS OLD BEING TRAINED ON AN AGE APPROPRIATE YOUTH OR TRANSITION MODEL ATV.

 

NEVER ALLOW ANYONE UNDER 16 YEARS OLD TO OPERATE A POLARIS ATV THAT IS NOT AGE APPROPRIATE. THE Y-6+ MODEL IS FOR AGES 6 YEARS OLD AND UP. THE Y-10+ MODEL IS FOR AGES 10 AND UP. THE Y-12+ MODELS ARE FOR

 

AGES 12 AND UP. “T” OR “TRANSITIONAL” MODELS ARE FOR AGES 14-15 UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION, OR AGES 16 AND OLDER.

 

NEVER CARRY A PASSENGER ON AN ATV UNLESS THE ATV HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE MANUFACTURER SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT PURPOSE. CARRYING A PASSENGER MAY UPSET THE BALANCE OF THE ATV AND MAY CAUSE LOSS OF CONTROL.

 

ALWAYS AVOID PAVED SURFACES. PAVEMENT MAY SERIOUSLY AFFECT HANDLING AND CONTROL.

 

NEVER OPERATE AN ATV ON A PUBLIC ROAD, EVEN A DIRT OR GRAVEL ONE, BECAUSE YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO AVOID COLLIDING WITH OTHER VEHICLES. ALSO, OPERATING AN ATV ON A PUBLIC ROAD MAY VIOLATE STATE LAW.

 

NEVER OPERATE AN ATV WITHOUT AN APPROVED HELMET, EYE PROTECTION, BOOTS, GLOVES, LONG PANTS, AND A LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT OR JACKET.

 

NEVER CONSUME ALCOHOL OR DRUGS BEFORE OR WHILE OPERATING AN ATV.

 

NEVER OPERATE AN ATV AT EXCESSIVE SPEEDS. GO AT A SPEED WHICH IS PROPER FOR THE TERRAIN, VISIBILITY, CONDITIONS, AND YOUR EXPERIENCE.

NEVER ATTEMPT TO DO WHEELIES, JUMPS OR OTHER STUNTS.

 

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHEN OPERATING AN ATV, ESPECIALLY WHEN APPROACHING HILLS, TURNS, AND OBSTACLES AND WHEN OPERATING ON UNFAMILIAR OR ROUGH TERRAIN.

 

NEVER LEND YOUR ATV TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT TAKEN A TRAINING COURSE OR HAS NOT BEEN DRIVING AN ATV FOR AT LEAST A YEAR.

 

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TRAINING COURSE

 

Anyone who purchases a new Polaris ATV and their eligible immediate family members are entitled to take the ATV RiderCourse offered by Polaris through the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (“SVIA”). Age restrictions apply. To obtain information about the SVIA ATV RiderCourse, see your Polaris dealer, or call ATV Enrollment Express at (800)-887-2887, or visit www.atvsafety.org. The Y-6+ models are only for youth ages 6 years old and up. The Y-10+ models are only for youth ages 10 years and up. The Y-12+ models are only for youth ages 12 years old and up. “T” or “Transitional” models are for youth ages 14-16 under adult supervision, or ages 16 and older. No one under the age of 16 years old should ride any ATV designed and sold for an adult.

 

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ATV SAFETY, CALL THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION AT 1-800-638-2772 OR THE ATV DISTRIBUTORS’ SAFETY HOTLINE at 1-800-852-5344.