Consumers are being warned to stop using certain youth ATVs, after federal safety officials identified problems that may allow the vehicles to travel at speeds that exceed mandatory limits, potentially increasing the risk of serious injury or death for young operators.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released the EGL Motor’s ACE D110 youth ATV warning on June 2, instructing consumers to stop using the vehicles immediately, as they pose a risk of high-speed crash and fail to meet multiple federal safety requirements.
Included in the warning are approximately 1,300 EGL Motor’s ACE D110 youth ATV’s that were manufactured by EGL Motor Inc. of Ontario, Canada, and distributed for sale online through www.wholesaleatv.com and www.Alibaba.com and in stores at licensed dealerships from November 2019 through February 2021, for between $650 and $850.
While the ATV’s are designed and marketed for children ages six years and older, the CSPC is warning customers to stop using the vehicles immediately due to their failure to to comply with mandatory maximum speed limitations. The agency warns that the failure to comply with designated maximum speed limitations increases loss of control hazards and high speed crashes risks.
To date, the manufacturer has not issued a voluntary recall, but announced it will be working with officials from the CPSC to provide a remedy to consumers. Customers with questions surrounding the warning are encouraged to contact the CPSC Hotline at 800-638-2772 and to report any adverse events directly to the agency at www.SaferProducts.gov.
The warning was released on the same day as the CPSC’s released its Gear Up, Limit Riders and Keep ATVs and ROVs Off Roads warning, which urges consumers to understand the risks of ATV riding especially the dangers of overturning, collision, and occupant ejection.
Within the warning, riders are instructed to never drive ATVs and ROVs on highways, as paved surfaces often cause the vehicles to be unwieldy and have a significantly higher risk of collision with a car, truck, or other vehicles. Officials also warn the risk for tipping over is also increased.
The agency indicates that from 2015 to 2017, there were about 1,700 ATV-related fatalities and 445 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV)-related fatalities reported. with the majority of those injured under the age of 16 years old.
On August 25, 2020 CPSC officials released an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) warning, indicating that children under 16 years of age are at the highest risk of injury or death from ATV-related accidents, often due to incorrect ATV sizing or from colliding with other vehicles on roadways.
According to the data from the report, more than 81,800 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries were reported in 2018 alone, with at least 17% of these injuries resulting in hospital admission. The most common injuries found among ATV-related emergency department visits were contusions, abrasions, or fractures to the arm, head or neck, leg, and torso.
Of the 81,800 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries, an estimated 26% involved children younger than 16 years of age, the highest of any group.