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Amputation After ATV Accident: Former NFL Player Describes Journey

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi opened up about the all-terrain vehicle accident he had that led to the amputation of most of his left hand. In a video for The Player’s Tribune,  posted by Sports Illustrated, Mr. Massaquoi said he and his friends went out to ride their ATVs on their usual trails one day in April of last year when he made a sharp turn and lost control of the ATV. “… before I knew it, my ATV loses control. The next thing I feel is something just feels like an explosion just went off in my ... Read More

Polaris Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit in ATV Accident

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Polaris for the death of two Arizona women who were killed in a fiery ATV accident, KLS.com News reported. Destiny Dixon, 28, and Debbie Swann, 51, were riding a Polaris ATV in Moab, Utah, over Labor Day weekend last year at the Sand Flats Recreation Area, taking a challenging path called Hell’s Revenge Trail. While navigating an obstacle known by locals as “Tip Over Challenge,” the ATV flipped onto its side and caught fire. The plaintiff attorney said the law enforcement officials who investigated the accident concluded the gas cap was compromised and fell ... Read More

ATV Accidents Prove Painful for One, Deadly for Another

In two unrelated ATV accidents last week, two boys younger than 16 were injured, one of them fatally. In Crossville, Alabama, a 2,000 population town, a 13-year-old boy was killed in an ATV accident last Friday, the Gadsden Times reports. He was riding a four-wheeler at his grandparents’ house, located on Alabama 227. The driver was without a helmet as he and a female passenger on the back were enjoying the afternoon. The ATV flipped, and the boy was fatally injured. He was pronounced dead on the scene. No information has been released about the girl’s condition, and the name of the ... Read More

Polaris Recalls All 2015 Ranger 900 ROVs For Fire, Burn Hazard

Recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Polaris is recalling about 51,000 model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900-series ROVs, saying the heat shield on the affected vehicles can fall off, posing the risk of fire and burn injuries. The recall involves all model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 ROVs, which were made in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. The name “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the recalled ROVs. Polaris says that all 2015 Ranger 900 models and ... Read More

Deadly ATV accident underlines the importance of safety when operating these vehicles

All-terrain-vehicles, or ATVs, are not something we normally think of as dangerous. However, just recently a man was killed while riding one on the road. Thirty-seven-year-old Antonio Farrow was killed in Wetumpka, Ala., on Monday while riding his ATV. He was driving along the roadway when his ATV left the road and he struck a tree at approximately 7:42 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials investigating the case noted that ATVs are not meant to be driven on the roadways. They are harder to control on pavement and this is oftentimes where the accidents occur. The Consumer ... Read More

Bill aims to protect young ATV riders from brain injury

Charleston, South Carolina’s WCSC reports that one local emergency room physician is giving his support to a proposed bill that would toughen restrictions for young riders of all-terrain-vehicles in that state. Dr. Keith Borg, an emergency room physician at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, told WCSC he would like to see less kids admitted to his hospital with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by ATV accidents. “We can fix broken bones,” Borg told WCSC. “But we don’t have good treatments for traumatic brain injuries and those losses are devastating and life long.” According to South Carolina’s health ... Read More

Like US, EU fights rising tide of dangerous Chinese-made products

RAPEX, the European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (excluding food, pharmaceutical, and medical devices), released its annual report of the most dangerous products flooding the European market, and Chinese-made products top the list. Although this isn’t the first time made-in-China has dominated RAPEX reports, the findings indicate the problem is growing in Europe as rapidly as it is in the United States. It’s no secret that products manufactured in China consistently pose more dangers to consumers than domestically manufactured goods. Poisonous lead paint in children’s toys, toxic cadmium in jewelry, lethal melamine in pet food and baby ... Read More

Plaintiff wins landmark case in Georgia for Yamaha Rhino injuries

Yamaha Motor Corp. has lost a lawsuit filed against the company by a plaintiff who received extensive leg injuries when his Rhino ATV flipped, pinning him underneath. The case marks the first time a jury has awarded damages to a plaintiff for injuries sustained in a Rhino accident. The Georgia State Court jury awarded the plaintiff $371,002 to compensate for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, and loss of consortium. The case is one of dozens of other such cases filed against Yamaha in Gwinnett County, Georgia, where the company’s registered agent for the United States ... Read More

CPSC warns Memorial Day weekend among deadliest times for ATV riders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riders to take precautions to stay safe this holiday weekend and riding season. For the 4-day period surrounding the 2009 Memorial Day holiday, CPSC is aware of 27 fatalities, with two under the age of 16, averaging almost seven deaths a day. As the prime ATV riding season kicks into gear, so does the increase in deaths. Just last month, CPSC staff was aware through media reports of at least 40 fatalities between April 1st and April 30th, including 12 involving children younger than 16 years ... Read More

Government Accountability Office releases ATV report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report called “All-Terrain Vehicles: How They Are Used, Crashes, and Sales of Adult-Sized Vehicles for Children’s Use.” The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is responsible for monitoring ATV safety and federal rulemaking affecting the manufacturing, sale and use of the vehicles, requires GAO to report on the various uses and advantages of ATVs and the nature, frequency and costs associated with ATV crashes. The CPSC and GAO define ATVs as “off-road motorized vehicles, usually with four tires, a straddle seat for the operator, and handlebars for steering control.” The ATV ... Read More