Two new standards are on the way, one to address specs to accommodate younger ATV riders and one for passenger ATVs.
The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) is working on the design and performance standards the group hopes will form the basis for a final ruling from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on uniform safety standards for domestically manufactured and distributed ATVs.
The first revision is designed to establish ATVs that are appropriately sized for youth riders, with specs in two new categories of ATV: Category Y-10+ for riders ages 10 to 14 years; and Category T for riders 14 and older under direct adult supervision, or by independent riders 16 or older.
Category Y-10+ vehicles have a maximum speed of 30 mph, but can be limited to 15 mph. Category T models have a maximum speed of 38 mph, but can be limited to 20 mph.
The second revision defines two types of ATV: a traditional single-rider ATV is Type I; and an ATV for a rider and a single passenger is Type II. The standard will include provisions for passenger handholds and footrests for Type II ATVs.
The standards are intended to guide established and new entrant manufacturers. The revisions are scheduled to be completed later this year.
Formed in 1983, the SVIA is a not-for-profit trade association sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Bush Hog, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, Tomberlin and Yamaha.