President Signs Stevens' ATV Safety Provisions into Law
Late yesterday, the President signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which includes all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) safety provisions authored by Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
"I am pleased to see the President sign this important legislation into law because foreign-made ATV's are missing important safety features, creating serious hazards for riders, especially young riders," said Senator Stevens. "For many Alaskans, ATV's are important transportation tools. Ensuring that these vehicles are safe for all Alaskans is an essential step in reducing ATV-related accidents and deaths."
Senator Stevens' provisions require all companies and manufacturers that market and sell ATV's in the United States to meet the same basic product safety standards. The provision was included as an amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act after being introduced as a standalone bill last year.
Because foreign ATV manufacturers are not required to meet the same strict safety standards as domestic manufacturers, many new ATV's are being imported into American markets without important safety features and sold to U.S. consumers without adequate warnings, instructions or training opportunities.
Specific safety features missing from these imported ATVs include front brakes, parking brakes, and a feature preventing the vehicle from being started in gear.