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Concerned Families for ATV Safety is a network of parents dedicated to reducing injuries and death among children driving powerful All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). We offer support to victimís families and provide families with information and resources to make informed decisions about their children and ATVs. Through public education we work to raise awareness of the need for adequate, common sense safety standards that keep children under 16 off ATVs, and for enforcement of ATV laws.

The consumer Product safety commission released its new data on deaths and injuries related to ATV's. You can view these reports here: 2012 CPSC Safety Report  | 2011 CPSC Safety Report  | 2010 CPSC Safety Report  |  2009 CPSC Safety Report. While the numbers seem to have decreased these past few years it's important to note that these are only ESTIMATED numbers and they will go up for at least a few more years before the total of deaths and injuries are complete.

ATV ALERT: A new national report on ATV accidents shows a 150 percent increase in injuries to children younger than 18 between 1997 and 2006. Hospitalizations for moderate to severe brain injuries tripled. Think, parents, think!

[08.20.14]
Kids and quads: a fatal mix
www.stockandland.com.au

FARM safety experts have called for an immediate import ban on so-called "junior" quad-bikes.

Speakers at a farm safety conference in Melbourne last week said the bikes were readily available from $300 to $530, yet 35 children had been killed while riding them since 2001.

Associate Professor Tony Lower from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety said an import ban needed to be coupled with stopping children aged 16 or under using quad-bikes.

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[08.06.14]
ATVs are not for children says Alberta Health
www.fairviewpost.com

As Albertans gear up for the August long weekend, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding all residents, and particularly parents of children less than 16 years of age, to be mindful of the significant risks associated with the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

“We know that children less than 16 years of age have not yet developed to the point of having the strength, skills or judgment needed to operate an ATV, and this includes ATVs marketed as ‘child-sized,’ ” says Dr. Albert de Villiers, Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services’ North Zone.

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[08.06.14]
After deaths, parents urged to teach ATV safety
www.desmoinesregister.com

At least eight Iowa children have died in accidents involving all-terrain vehicles or off-highway vehicles this year, a statistic that should be a wake-up call for parents to ensure their children are safely and legally using the vehicles, experts say.

"Kids depend on us to look out for them, and when something happens, as a parent, it just breaks your heart," said David Downing, off-highway vehicle programs manager for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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