ATV Age CC Guidelines to be
Pickerington, OH (11/24/2008)
- President Bush this summer signed into law House
Bill 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement
Act of 2008, which mandates some important requirements
for ATV manufacturers.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission on November
14 published the new requirements in the Federal
Register as a mandatory consumer product standard.
The standard takes effect 150 days after it was
What does this mean for ATV riders?
The new law sets safety and equipment standards
that all new ATVs manufactured in the United States,
or imported for sale in the United States, must
We believe purchasers will have more youth model
ATVs to choose from, since we have already seen
the introduction of new 2009 youth models.
Also, under the new law, manufacturers and distributors
will have to submit action plans to the CPSC.
These action plans will include how safety training
will be provided to purchasers and how other safety
related materials will be distributed.
The new standards do away with the unrealistic
age/cc guidelines that have been in place for
years. Now, new youth ATVs will be designated
for specific ages of riders based on the maximum
unrestricted speed of the machine.
There will be four categories:
- Youth (6+) 15 mph,
- Youth (10+) 30 mph,
- Youth (12+) 30 mph, and
- Transitional (14+) 38 mph.
This new law will make it easier for dealers
and families alike when it comes to selecting
a new ATV for junior. Simply read the label on
the machine. Forget about the engine size.
If the label says "for 10+" all you
and the dealer need to know is the age of your
Prior to this law, anyone could build an ATV
and it didn't have to meet any basic safety standards.
In recent years this created a flood of inexpensive
Meanwhile, most of the long-standing ATV manufacturers
agreed in 1988 to a set of safety standards and
offered hands-on FREE rider training that the
recent imports did not.
With the new law, this has all changed.
How will this effect states that currently have
laws on the books that say your 13-year-old child
can only ride 90cc machines is unclear.
We are looking into this, and other issues, and
will keep you posted.
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for your Rights
All Terrain Vehicle Association
P.O. Box 800
Pickerington, OH 43147-0800
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