Heading up to the farm over the holidays? Be sure to keep an eye on the kids because they are over-represented in ATV deaths.
That’s the warning from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for the ATV and SSV importers in Australia.
The temptation for younger riders to take these vehicles for a spin can sometimes be too much, with fatal results.
It is especially important to supervise younger riders and ensure they only ride age appropriate vehicles and wear appropriate safety equipment.
Unfortunately, children are over-represented in off-road vehicle fatalities every year in Australia.
Of the 15 ATV and SSV related fatalities in 2019, five were children riding vehicles designed for adults.
Four of these were operating or riding as a passenger in an SSV; and one was operating an ATV that was recommended for older age groups.
Alarmingly, it appears that in the four SSV incidents, the occupants had not used the seatbelts, doors or netting that are ‘built in’ safety devices designed to reduce harm.
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