CPSC is working with makers and sellers of ROVs to make them more stable and less likely to rollover.
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) have become very popular in the past few years. Two and four-seater side-by-sides have brought a whole new level of fun to off-road motorsports.
Some designs have proven to be less safe than others. Roll-over accidents are killing and injuring people at an increasing rate. Since 2009, CPSC has been working with manufacturers to improve safety.
Enjoy your ROV safely and follow common sense rules of the trail. Make safety a part of your plan for every ride and help reduce ROV-related deaths and injuries where you live.
- Do not drive ROVs on paved roads.
- Everyone riding in an ROV should wear a helmet.
- Just like in the commercials, everyone should wear protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirt.
- Always fasten seat belts and keep all parts of your body inside the vehicle.
- Never have more passengers than there are seat belts and never carry passengers in cargo beds.
- Never transport passengers who cannot place both feet on the floorboard with their backs against the seat.
- This codebook can be used to better understand the reported data.
ROV Related Deaths
ROV Injury Statistics: This table illustrates reported deaths from 2003 through 2012.
View ROV Death & Injury Statistics:
✪ Reported Deaths or Injuries Associated with Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs)
✪ NEISS Injury Estimates for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs)
✪ ROV-related incidents: January 1, 2012 through April 5, 2013
RECALL | OCTOBER 16, 2014 American Honda Recalls Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
RECALL | SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 Bad Boy Buggies Recalls Recreational Off-Road Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard
RECALL | SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 Arctic Cat Recalls Side by Sides Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)
RECALL | FEBRUARY 25, 2014 Polaris Recalls Ranger Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)
RECALL | JUNE 19, 2013 Polaris Recalls Ranger Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Burn Hazard (Recall Alert)
RECALL | JANUARY 29, 2013 BRP Recalls Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard
RECALL | JANUARY 10, 2013 BRP Recalls Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicles Due to Loss of Steering Control Hazard
RECALL | JANUARY 09, 2013 Polaris Recalls Ranger Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Loss of Control and Crash Hazard
CPSC Reports on ROVs
NOVEMBER 06, 2013
Repeatability Testing of ROVs
AUGUST 07, 2013
Results from Proposed ROHVA and OPEI Dynamic Maneuvers
AUGUST 07, 2013
Circle Testing of Two ROVs on Dirt Surface
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All ATV drivers, children and adults, should take a hands-on ATV safety course from a qualified instructor. Hands-on training can give first-time riders — and experienced riders — the skills to handle many of the unpredictable riding situations that can happen in off-road conditions. Courses are offered by the ATV Safety Institute. Riders can also check with the National 4-H Council, local ATV rider groups, state agencies and some ATV manufacturers.
Always wear a motorcycle or motorsports helmet certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell) when operating or riding an ATV. Riders should also wear goggles, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and over-the-ankle boots to protect them from things like rocks and small tree limbs.
Children younger than 6 years of age should never be on an ATV even as a passenger. Never have more people on an ATV than it was designed to carry. If there is only one seat and one set of foot pegs, it is a singlerider ATV and only the driver should be on it. An overloaded ATV could prevent the driver from maintaining control of the vehicle.
Children younger than 16 should never ride adult ATVs. Most riders younger than 16 lack the skills needed to maneuver the faster, more powerful adult ATVs. Riders younger than 16 should ride an age-appropriate youth model ATV with a speed limiter. Before you hop on, check the ATV for the label that shows the recommended age for that model.
ATVs are designed to be driven only on off-road terrian not paved surfaces.