CPSC Work to Reduce Deaths and Injuries in ROVs

Basic Safety Steps

First ROV introduced in 1998. Second one on market in 2003

  • Industry representatives and CPSC begin working together on standards 2008
  • Working with CPSC, manufacturer modifies three models of ROVs and reduces injuries and deaths by improving lateral stability, correcting oversteer to understeer, occupant retention March 2009
  • CPSC Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking October 2009
  • Seat belt speed limiters first sold on vehicles 2010
  • CPSC Pilot I-II Studies – Roll-over Testing 2010
  • CPSC injury stats between 2003-2011
  • ANSI/RHOVA 1-2011 industry standard July 2011
  • ANSI/OPEI B71-9 industry standard March 2012
  • Vehicle Characteristics Measurements of ROVS report published 2011
  • ANSI/RHOVA industry standards 2014
  • CPSC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 2014
  •  CPSC releases update to injury report for 2009-2013 in November 2014

Timeline Detail

 


1998


One brand sells new product. About 2,000 sold in first year.

 


2003


Second brand enters market. About 13,000 ROVs sold.

Death and injury reports begin to be compiled.

Reports through 2011 show hazards increasing annually including 231 deaths and 388 reported injuries

 


2008


December 10, 2008
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting with the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA)

 

December 12, 2008
PUBLIC MEETING – ANSI Standard Development by the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA)

 


2009


One manufacturer changes to affect lateral stability, oversteer, occupant retention. Reports 2004-2012 show injuries and deaths decline noticeably in these models.

 

August 7, 2009
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response to June 12, 2009, canvass copy of the draft proposed revision to ANSI/SVIA 1-2001

 

October 28, 2009
RULEMAKING – Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Standard for recreational off highway vehicles

 

October 7, 2009
RULEMAKING – Briefing Package – CPSC Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for ROVs, Oct. 7, 2009

 

November 3, 2009
PUBLIC MEETING – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Presenting Vehicle Dynamics Technical Opinions to the CPSC Staff

 

December 9, 2009
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting Requested by the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) to Discuss Vehicle Handling

 

December 15, 2009
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response to October 15, 2009, canvass copy of the draft proposed revision to ANSI/SVIA 1-2001

 

December 22, 2009
RULEMAKING – Extension of Comment period – Federal Register: Notice of Extension of Comment Period

 


2010


March 4, 2010
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting requested by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEl) to Discuss Static and Dynamic Testing of ROVs

 

March 15, 2010
RULEMAKING – Comments received – Federal Register: List of comments

 

February 9, 2010
TESTING – Response letter from ROHVA to CPSC staff comments on Canvass Draft

 

June 21, 2010
TESTING – Test and Evaluation Pilot Study of ROVs

 

July 20, 2010
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting with Commissioner Nord and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

 

July 21, 2010
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting with Chairman Tenenbaum Commissioner Adler and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

 

October 7, 2010
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting with CPSC Staff and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Association (ROHVA)

 

October 7, 2010
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response letter from ROHVA to CPSC staff regarding ROHVA presentation at public meeting, background information and update

 

October 26, 2010
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response letter from ROHVA to CPSC staff with follow-up information to public presentation

 

November 2, 2010
PUBLIC MEETING – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Meeting with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

 

November 15, 2010
TESTING – Test and Evaluation Pilot Study – Phase II of ROVs

 

December 15, 2010
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting with CPSC Staff and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Association (ROHVA)

 


2011


VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Draft ANSI/ROHVA

Proposed changes do not address rollovers. Industry standards propose “tilt-table” tests. In response, CPSC urges testing a vehicle’s stability while actually driving the vehicles. Industry standards propose “constant steer angle test on pavement.” In response, CPSC advises that there are no vehicle standards, tests or significance in driving in a small circle until the tires lift.

 

March 10, 2011
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response to December 22, 2010, canvass copy of the draft proposed revision to ANSI/SVIA 1-2001

 

April 14, 2011
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response to December 16, 2010, canvass copy of draft proposed standard for Multipurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles

 

April 18, 2011
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – ROHVA to CPSC staff with ROHVA’s Comments to Staff Ballot on ROV Voluntary Standard

 

June 15, 2011
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response letter from OPEI to CPSC staff comments on Canvass Draft

 

April 2011
TESTING – Scientific Expert Analysis (SEA) Research – Vehicle Characteristics Measurements of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

 

August 2011
TESTING – Scientific Expert Analysis (SEA) Research – Vehicle Characteristics Measurements of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles – Additional Results

 

November 201
TESTING – Scientific Expert Analysis (SEA) Research – Results from Proposed ROHVA and OPEI Dynamic Maneuvers

 

November 10, 2011
PUBLIC MEETING – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) – Meeting requested by ROHVA to present testing done by ROHVA

 

November 10, 2011
PUBLIC MEETING – Meeting with Chairman Tenenbaum, Commissioner Adler and other CPSC staff and ROHVA

 


2012


VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Draft ANSI/OPEI

Industry standards propose 180 degree J-turns. In response, CPSC points out that standard would require many makers to adjust their current turning ratio to pass the test, but would not improve stability of the vehicle.

Both industry standards propose a blinking light for eight seconds to remind passengers to fasten their seatbelts. CPSC points to data that show this as ineffective.

 

July 19, 2012
PUBLIC MEETING – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Meeting with CPSC staff

 

September 2012
TESTING – Scientific Expert Analysis (SEA) Research – Test and Evaluation of ROVs Dynamic Occupant Protection Performance Tests for CPSC by SEA

 


2013


 

Updated Injury statistics
Reports show incidents increased by 104 deaths and 118 injuries. Data confirm previous determination that ROV rollovers and occupant ejection dominate the hazard.

 

April 10, 2013
PUBLIC MEETING – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Meeting with CPSC Staff

 

June 2013
TESTING – Scientific Expert Analysis (SEA) Research – Circle Testing of Two ROVs on Dirt Surface

 

August 29, 2013
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – CPSC staff letter to ROHVA with suggested Changes and Additions to ROV Voluntary Standard

 

September 2013
RULEMAKING – TESTING – CPSC Staff Statement on SEA, Ltd. Report “Repeatability of J-Turn Testing of Four Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles”

 

November 27, 2013
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response letter from ROHVA to CPSC staff suggested changes to ROV voluntary standard

 


2014


February 6, 2014
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – CPSC staff letter to ROHVA in response to ROHVA’s proposed changes to ROV Voluntary Standards

 

February 21, 2014
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Response letter from OPEI to CPSC staff requesting changes to ROV Voluntary Standard

 

May 23, 2014
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – CPSC staff letter [to ROHVA] with comments to ANSI.RHOVA 1-201X Canvass Draft

 

July 31, 2014
VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – ROHVA response letter to CPSC staff comments on Canvass Draft

 

September 24, 2014
RULEMAKING – Proposed Rule: Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs)

 

October 10, 2014
RULEMAKING – Sunshine Act Meeting Notice

 

October 17, 2014
RULEMAKING – Briefing Package – Supplemental Information on Recreational Off-highway Vehicles (ROVs)

 

October 22, 2014
VIDEO – RULEMAKING – Briefing – Staff Briefs Commissioners on Safety Standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles NPR

 

October 23, 2014
PUBLIC MEETING – CPSC Meeting with Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Meeting Log

 

October 23, 2014
VIDEO – VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Meeting Part 1: CPSC Staff Meets with ROHVA to discuss technical aspects of the ANSI ROHVA 1-2014 standard approved September 24,

 

October 23, 2014
VIDEO – VOLUNTARY STANDARDS – Meeting Part 2:CPSC Staff Meets with ROHVA to discuss technical aspects of the ANSI ROHVA 1-2014 standard approved September 24

 

October 28, 2014
RULEMAKING – Staff Summary of Meeting with Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA)

 

October 28, 2014
RULEMAKING – Staff Responses to Questions for the Record about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs)

 

October 29, 2014 
VIDEO – RULEMAKING – Commission Meeting, Decisional Matter: Safety Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

 

November 4, 2014
STATEMENT – Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle on the Proposed Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs)

 

November 14, 2014 
RULEMAKING – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs); Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of Comments


2015


January 7, 2015 
RULEMAKING – MEETING – Public Comment on the Proposed NPR Concerning Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) - [Part 1]
 
Public Comment on the Proposed NPR Concerning Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) - [Part 2]
 
Public Comment on the Proposed NPR Concerning Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) - [Part 3]  

 

March 30, 2015 
BRIEFING PACKAGE – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles; Notice of Extension of Comment Period