Study: ATV size guidelines inadequate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Researchers at the University of Kentucky have found that inadequate size guidelines for all-terrain vehicles may be a contributing factor to a recent string of injuries and deaths.

The study results announced Wednesday found national guidelines don't account for variances in a rider's size and shape -- particularly children. UK trauma surgeon Andrew Bernard says when a rider doesn't adequately fit an ATV frame it can hamper the ability to steer, brake or navigate.

ATV safety has been a concern since the release of a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. That study determined at least 555 people -- more than 100 of them children -- died in all-terrain vehicle accidents in 2006.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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