ATV Regs Take Front Seat

The CPSC has reallocated $1.15 million of its FY 2014 budget to fund ATV data analysis. The funding represents a shift of one-third of the CPSC’s $3.4 million existing surplus for fiscal year.

Acting Chair Bob Adler has indicated that completing an ATV safety regulation is among his top priorities. The CPSC has worked on this issue for over a decade, most recently issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in 2005.

Last month, the CPSC released its 2012 Annual Report for ATV Related Deaths and Injuries.

According to the report, CPSC staff received reports of 12,391 ATV-related fatalities occurring between 1982 and 2012. In 2012, ATV-related fatalities fell to about half the annual average of the past decade. 

ER visits related to ATV injuries also substantially declined from their peak in 2007, with a statistically insignificant bump in 2012 over 2011, according to the report. In 2012, there were an estimated 107,900 ATV-related, emergency department-treated injuries in the United States, 25% involving children younger than 16 years of age.  

The briefing packet indicates that the supplemental ATV funding will go toward conducting a literature review and develop a testing strategy to evaluate steering and stability issues. The CPSC will purchase six additional model year 2014 ATVs and contract for methodology development for static measures (e.g., weight, track width, wheel base), dynamic testing (e.g., lateral acceleration, steering) and rollover testing. The research is intended to support development of a proposed rule for publication in 2015.

A second approved amendment to the Commission’s funding priorities allocated $54,000 of the surplus to reduce third-party testing costs for manufacturers related to lead and other hazardous substances. The project would fund a study to help the CPSC ensure unfinished wood and other natural materials do not contain any of the eight specific heavy metals in levels that exceed allowable limits listed in the Toy Standard, ASTM F-963.

Most of the surplus, $2.9 million, is due to “staffing levels below those budgeted.” $500,000 comes from additional appropriations.

Acting Chairman Robert Adler and Commissioner Marietta Robinson approved two amendments to the mid-year funding priorities May 9.