141,000 children’s and teens’ ATVs recalled due to risk of ‘injury or death’

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KEY POINTS

  • The recalled ATVs were sold at various stores nationwide and online
  • Consumers urged to stop using ATVs even if they appear safe
  • They should not attempt to repair the device themselves

Maxtrade is recalling several models of its all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for children and adolescents because they do not meet mandatory federal safety standards. This can pose a “risk of serious injury or death”.

The recalled units are intended for children 6, 10, and 12 years of age or older, and adolescents, a recall alert on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website read.

The units do not adhere to “maximum speed limits” for vehicles to be used by young people. Additionally, in “some” units, the parking brakes “also do not impede vehicle motion”.

“Consumers should stop using the models included in this recall, continued use carries the risk of serious injury or death,” the company said. Noted.

To date, there have been no reported injuries or incidents related to the recalled products.

The recall involves Maxtrade Coolster Mountopz ATVs with model numbers 3050-B, 3050-C, 3125-B2, 3125-CX-2, 3125-CX-3, 3125-XR8-U2, 3150-CXC, 3150- DX-4, 3175-S2 and 3175-U. Photos of affected units are available on the company’s website.

The products were sold in various stores nationwide and also online. Those with an affected unit should contact Maxtrade at 866-236-8993 or email [email protected] to schedule a free repair.

“Do not repair the product yourself,” the company stressed, urging customers to stop using the devices even if they appear safe.

Children and mountain bikes

There are no federal age limits for riding ATVs so far, but experts do not recommend anyone under the age of 16 to use them because riding these vehicles requires skill and quick thinking, the Nemours Foundation Noted. Persons under the age of 16 generally do not have the physical strength or decision-making skills necessary to operate these vehicles safely.

As such, before buying an ATV for their child, parents would be best advised to consider the “physical and emotional development” of the child, Pennsylvania State University (PSU) said. noted. This means assessing factors such as their physical strength, visual perception and even if they can move the handlebars all the way to the right or left or squeeze the brake lever with one hand. Another important factor to consider is their self-control, in that they must be aware that their actions have consequences.

“Parents need to recognize that all children have different levels of maturity at any given age,” PSU added. “Just because a child is tall for their age and can reach the controls of the ATV doesn’t mean they will have good judgment to deal with the many circumstances that can arise while riding the ATV.”

Pictured: Representative image of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Photo: Pixabay

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