Off-road recreational vehicles, also known as ROVs, have been under fire in the last several years for the number of deaths that have been associated them. ROVs have been involved in accidents resulting in more than 100 deaths since 2003, and numerous other injuries, including amputations. Now the Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to issue mandatory rules regulating these vehicles.
(AP Photo/Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association)
ROVs resemble mini-jeeps and are two-passenger vehicles with a roll cage. Myself and many of my colleagues here at InjuryBoard have written about the devastating accidents that have been caused by the Yamaha Rhino ROV.
This is a short step in a needed direction. Unfortunately, instead of proceeding with instituting needed regulations, the CPSC will undergo a process of soliciting comments from industry and consumers before any regulations are written. The process could take months. And action is way overdue, as currently there are no mandatory restrictions, such as age of riders, seat belts, helmets, etc., as there are for all-terrain vehicles, ATVs. Both ROVs and ATVs are dangerous vehicles and as their sales increase, so do the number of accidents and deaths.