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Date:11/26/2007

ride on an ATV. They are simply not big enough to control the vehicle, and they don't yet have the cognitive skills to avoid crashes," Dr. Barbara Gaines, director of the trauma program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said in a statement.

Beverly Losman, director of SafeKids Georgia and manager of child health promotion at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, said she believes that parents aren't aware of the real risks inherent with ATV use. "If you're going to have your child ride an ATV, we want you to know what to do and take steps to help prevent accidents and minimize the risks."

She advised parents to make sure that children always wear a helmet, goggles and other protective gear. They should wear long pants and boots, instead of shorts and sneakers. ATVs were designed to be used by one rider at a time, and Losman said that's very important to stress to children, because accident often happen when there's more than one rider. Another big risk comes from riding on paved roads. Losman said ATVs should only be used on trails designed for their use. Additionally, Losman recommended that parents maintain these vehicles properly, ensuring that the tire pressure is correct and that the control cables and chain are adjusted properly.

More information

To learn more about ATV safety, read this information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.



SOURCES: Chetan Shah, M.D., radiology fellow, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock; Beverly Losman, director, SafeKids Georgia, and manager, child health promotion, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Nov. 7, 2007, press release, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; Nov. 26, 2007, presentation, Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, Chicago


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