Two companies that make all-terrain vehicles have recalled kids’ ATVs found to fall below federal safety standards. Southern California-based Luyuan and Canada-based Venom Motorsports have both been named in the recall over safety concerns, with the ATVs causing a danger to children. All of the affected ATVs were made in China. No injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of these federal safety standard violations.
What the Recall Entails
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the problem with the 6,800 ATVs that are part of the recall is that they fail to comply with the requirements of the federal mandatory ATV safety standard, including maximum speed limitations and other mandatory safety requirements for vehicles intended for children under the age of 10. CPSC’s alert warns that ATVs that fail to meet these mandatory safety requirements pose a risk of serious injury or death to children.
The recalled ATVs are for children over the age of 5 although the recall alert states that the marketing on Walmart.com was to kids as young as 5 and on Amazon.com to children as young as 12 months. This covers models LY-ATV-40A, LY-ATV-40D, LY-ATV-40E, and LY-ATV-40I, some sold under the GBMOTO or GoBowen brand.
Luyuan is offering free repairs at a company-authorized mechanic. To learn if one is close to you, call 855-663-2121 or email [email protected]. The issue with the 500 ATVs recalled by Venom Motorsports is that they don’t meet the mandatory safety requirements, including speed restrictions posing a risk of serious injury or death. The ATVs also were imported and distributed in the United States without a CPSC-approved ATV Action Plan, which includes safety requirements to protect users.
Venom is offering refunds on these products. For more information, call the company at 888-414-6548.
Over the five-year period from 2015 through 2019, CPSC staff estimates that there were 524,000 emergency department-treated injuries in the United States associated with all-terrain vehicles. This corresponds to an annual average of 104,900 emergency department-treated injuries. Also, among those injured during that five-year period, children under 16 were the biggest group at 27%.
If your child has been injured in an ATV accident due to a defectively designed or manufactured product, you may wish to contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.