Stop Using Luyuan Youth ATVs Due to Risk of Serious Injury or Death, CPSC Warns Parents
Federal safety officials are warning parents to stop using Luyuan youth all-terrain vehicles (ATV), due to a dangerous design defect that does not limit the maximum speed, posing a risk of serious injury or death for young children.
The Luyuan youth ATV warning was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on January 14, because the vehicles fail to meet mandatory safety standards, and have been falsely marketed and sold for children younger than is safe.
The warning involves problems with Luyuan ATVs with models numbers LY-ATV-40A, LY-ATV-40D, LY-ATV-40E and LY-ATV-40I, which are intended for use by children ages 6 years and older, as demonstrated by the product dimensions and advertising.
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CPSC officials warn that certain Luyuan youth ATV models do not comply with the mandatory maximum speed limitations, which increase the risk of a high-speed crash that could result in serious injuries or even death to young children.
In addition to the failure to meet CPSC’s mandatory maximum speed safety standard, the agency discovered the ATVs were marketed on Amazon.com to children as young as 12 months of age, and on Walmart.com to children five years of age.
The impacted ATVs were manufactured by Luyuan Inc., where they were sold online at www.familygokarts.com, www.Bigtoysgreencountry.com, www.Bigtoysusa.com and www.Saferwholesale.com, and in-store dealerships, including Tool Store Go-Kart Shop, ATV Distributors, Four Seasons Power Sports, Mefast Wholesale, Toomey Tools, Steward Auto, A&S Auto, and Bounce it Off Motorsports.
Officials announced the agency has pressured the manufacturer to issue a recall of the ATVs, and a remedy to repair the mandatory safety violations is in development, and additional develops will be posted on the agency website.
In August 2020, the CPSC released an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) warning, stating 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.
The report indicated more than 81,800 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries were reported in 2018, with at least 17% of these injuries resulting in hospital admission. The most common injuries found among ATV-related ED 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.
Safety officials warn that operators should always receive hands-on training from a qualified instructor on how to drive the vehicles and children or riders younger than 16 years of age should only operate age-appropriate youth models, and to always wear a properly fitted helmet and other protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
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