Posts Tagged ‘ATV Accident Reconstruction’

ATV Safety Institute to offer free training

The ATV Safety Institute will launch ATV Safety Week June 6-14 and will be working with partners across the country that have volunteered to provide free ATV RiderCourse training and other ATV safety education opportunities.   ATV Safety Week is a great time to learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other proper protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for riders.  ASI is working with partners all across the country that have volunteered to provide free ATV RiderCourse training during ATV Safety Week. Free training will be available at the following locations:
  • Anza, Calif. – Coach 2 Ride
  • Rancho Cordova, Calif. – Prairie City
  • Campo, Calif. – Golden Acorn Casino
  • El Centro, Calif. – Superstition
  • Lakewood, Colo. – Thunder Valley MX Park
  • Daytona Beach, Fla. – Volusa OHV Training Center
  • Columbia, Ga. – Riley
  • Maquoketa, Iowa – Jackson County Fairgrounds
  • Grand Rivers, Ky. – Grand Rivers
  • Fordland, Mo. – Rogersville
  • Laurel, Mont. – Butler Property
  • Laurel, Mont. – Laurel High School parking lot / Safety Day
  • Hamilton, Mont. – Al’s Cycle Yamaha
  • Great Falls, Mont. – Rainbow Motorsports
  • Lowville, N.Y. – Flat Rock
  • Warsaw, N.Y. – Hume Arena
  • Lowville, N.Y. – Flat Rock
  • Garber, Okla. – Garber
  • Prineville, Ore – Prineville Christian Church
  • Coal Township, Pa. – Anthracite Outdoor Adventure
  • York, Pa. – Don’s Kawasaki Yamaha Polaris
  • Elizabethtown, Pa. – Hernley’s Polaris Victory
  • Big Spring, Texas – Outback Adventure Track
  • San Angelo, Texas – Porter Henderson Yamaha
  • Winchester, Va. – Valley Cycle Center
  • 9 Miles Falls, Wash. – 7 Mile Park
  • Harpers Ferry, W.Va. – Riverfront Motorsport Park
  The ATV RiderCourse is free for anyone who signs up during ATV Safety Week.  To sign up for a class, call (800) 887-2887. The ATV RiderCourse is also free year-round for anyone who buys a new, qualifying ATV from an ATV Safety Institute member company.

DNR Tips for ATV & UTV use while Hunting

ATVs and UTVs are great tools to assist with your hunt but operators need to keep a few safety tips in mind to ensure a safe hunt and ride.
  • Make sure you know who maintains the land you would like to use and if ATV/UTV operation is allowed.
  • All ATVs/UTVs registered for public use must display their registration ID number.
  • Always wear a DOT approved helmet; hunters are likely to encounter low hanging branches and uneven or steep terrain.
  • Complete an ATV safety course. Some local laws require that ATV riders at least age 12 and born after Dec. 31, 1987, must complete a course prior to operating an ATV.
  • Long guns, bows and crossbows must be fully unloaded before transport in or on an ATV or UTV.
  • Remove mud, dirt and any vegetation from your machine before using it in other areas as machines can easily transport invasive plant species or seeds that are harmful to local habitats.
  • Do not operate in or around waterways or wetlands. ATVs and UTVs should cross waterways at bridges, roads or legal fords.

CPSC Proposes Stability Standards for UTV / ROV / SxS-vehicles

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Oct. 29 voted 3-2 to move forward on a proposed rule to impose a mandatory product standard for Recreational Off-Road Vehicles (ROVs) also known as Side-by-Side Vehicles (SSV) or Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV).  In its proposed rule titled: Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), the CPSC proposed rules which would require ROVs to have:
  • Lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements that specify a minimum level of rollover resistance for ROVs and a requirement that ROVs exhibit sublimit understeer characteristics;
  • Occupant retention requirements that would limit the maximum speed of a ROV to no more than 15 mph unless driver and front passenger seatbelts are fastened, and
  • A passive barrier or structure to limit the ejection of a belted occupant in the event of a rollover.
The proposed rule is part of a process that was begun in 2009 out of concern over the volume of SSV injuries. As of April 5, 2013, CPSC staff knew of 550 reported SSV-related incidents that happened between Jan. 1, 2003, and April 5, 2013; there were 335 reported fatalities and 506 reported injuries related to those incidents. CPSC is relying, in part, on a 2009 repair program for Yamaha Rhino 450, 660, and 700 models to increase the vehicles’ lateral stability and change the handling.  Yamaha’s improvement program involved the addition of 50mm spacers on the vehicle’s rear wheels (to increase the track width), and the removal of the rear stabilizer bar (to induce understeer characteristics instead of oversteer). Following the change, CPSC cites a dramatic decrease in injuries and fatalities in the repaired Rhinos. “CPSC staff believes that a minimum requirement for rollover resistance of 0.70g threshold lateral acceleration, coupled with a requirement that a vehicle model’s rollover resistance is displayed on a hang tag at point of purchase, will increase the rollover resistance of the overall ROV market and will reduce the occurrence of ROV rollovers,” according to a staff report for the commission. “CPSC staff also believes a vehicle handling requirement for understeer will reduce the occurrence of rollovers caused by sudden increases in lateral acceleration associated with ROVs that oversteer. Prevention of ROV rollovers will reduce deaths and injuries associated with ROV rollover events.”  On a per-unit basis, CPSC estimates the total cost of the proposed rule would be $61 to $94 per vehicle. In opposition to the rule proposal, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and the Americans for Responsible Recreation Access (ARRA) are urging industry professional to push back against the proposal.  The organizations argue that if approved the proposal, “would limit the ability of ROV manufacturers to design vehicles to safely provide the level of performance that is expected by OHV enthusiasts,” the MIC continued. “Page 131 of the CPSC’s briefing package emphasizes the proposed rule’s fundamental weakness: ‘Although the Commission believes that the dynamic lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements will reduce the number of deaths and injuries involving ROVs, it is not possible to quantify this benefit because we do not have sufficient data to estimate the injury rates of models that already meet the requirements and models that do not meet the requirements. Thus we cannot estimate the potential effectiveness of the dynamic lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements in preventing injuries.'”   Veritech Engineering has specific specialty in the investigation, analysis and reconstruction of ROV, UTV and ATV related accidents.  Additionally, our Powersports expert, Mark Kittel, P.E., has industry experience in the product development and testing of ATV’s and UTV’s.

Arctic Cat recalls 40,000 ATVs from 2008-09 model years

Arctic Cat Inc. announced that it is voluntarily recalling its all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) manufactured in 2008 and a portion of the models produced in 2009; a component in the front gear box may not meet the company’s standards. There are no confirmed reports of serious injuries traced to the front gear case. “Consumer safety is at the top of Arctic Cat’s values,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Twomey. “We ask ATV owners of affected models to stop riding their vehicles and to bring them to one of our dealers so we can make the necessary repairs free of charge and allow users to ride their ATVs again as soon as possible.” This recall affects an estimated 35,000 ATVs from the 2008 model year and 4,500 ATVs from the 2009 model year. Registered owners of the affected ATVs will be notified by direct mail. A toll-free number is available for consumers to call with any questions: US 1-800-279-6851, CANADA 1-800-373-0717. Issues with front gearboxes on ATVs have the potential to cause unexpected changes in the handling and stability of the machine.  If a rider experiences an unexpected change while operating the vehicle there may be a resulting loss of control.  When an injury accident occurs involving a vehicle with an alleged defect, it is the job of an experienced forensic engineer to determine whether the alleged defect caused or contributed to the accident.  Veritech Consulting Engineering specializes in accident reconstruction and product failure analysis.  Our Motorcycle-ATV expert is well suited to investigate issues related to alleged defects on powersports vehicles and to determine whether the accident was influenced by a mechanical deficiency or whether it was simply operator error.