All-terrain vehicles made the news headlines again after recent recalls
by Honda and KYMCO. On Wednesday, American Honda Motor Company recalled
40,000 2007 TRX 500 ATV’s, also known as Honda Foremans and Foreman
Rubicons, because of concerns that problems with the throttle lever could
lead to serious injuries or death for riders.
The recall comes just one week after KYMCO recalled 1,350 of its MXU 500 All Terrain Vehicles (2006, 2007 and 2008 models) following minor injuries that occurred in two separate incidents when pivot bolts came loose on the rear suspension and the rear swing arm detached.
Consumers are asked to stop using the recalled ATVs immediately and to contact KYMCO and Honda.
ATV’s are motorized vehicles with big, low-pressure tires that can operate off roads and onto uneven, rough, and rocky surfaces. They are used for recreation and work. ATV’s tend to be very heavy—weighing 400-600 pounds for adult sized-ATVs—and can travel up to seventy miles per hour. Eton, Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha, Kazuma, and Kawasaki are just a few of the manufacturers with their own ATV lines.
Like motorcylists, ATV riders only have protective gear and clothing to cushion them from the impact of collision in an ATV accident. ATV crashes can lead to serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severed limbs, and death.
In 2005, approximately 136,700 ATV riders visited hospital emergency rooms because of injuries they sustained in ATV accidents. There were 467 reported ATV-related deaths. Many of the victims killed in ATV accidents were children under age 16.
It is only over the past two decades that safety experts have started taking a hard look at ATV designs and their overall safety. While newer models are made with four-wheels to provide greater stability, there are more than two million defective three-wheeler ATV’s that were made prior to 1987 that are still out there. These ATVs were never recalled and some of them are still being used.
Despite the mandate that ATV manufacturers take greater safety precautions when designing and manufacturing ATVs, defective all-terrain vehicles are still entering the marketplace. Just last year, more than 80,000 ATV’s, manufactured by different makers, were recalled over safety concerns. Many of the ATV’s recalled were newer models. Many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against ATV manufacturers.
The manufacturers of motorized vehicles can be held liable if you were injured because an ATV malfunctioned or one of its parts was defective. A products liability case is not the type of case you should file without the help of our product safety law firm.
ATVs Recalled By American Honda Motor Co. Due to Loss of Speed Control, CPSC.com, January 9, 2008
ATVs Recalled By KYMCO Due to Suspension Failure; Riders Can Lose Control of Vehicle, CPSC.com, January 2, 2008
Related Web Resources:
ATV Recalls, ATV Info
The Dangers of All-Terrain Vehicles and Safety Tips, Hotel Fun 4 Kids.com
ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries for All Ages, ATVsafety.gov
Makes & Models of ATVs – All Terrain Vehicle Brands & Manufacturers, 4-Wheeldrive.about.com
Please contact Gilbert & Ollanik, P.C. today and ask for your free consultation with one of our products liability lawyers. Our law firm is nationally renowned for its handling of defective products cases—especially products liability claims and lawsuits involving defective motor vehicles.