Paediatric Trauma Associated with All-Terrain Vehicles

This article presents four case reports of pediatric trauma associated with the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Ireland. The authors note that in Ireland it is a legal requirement to provide adequate professional training for ATV use in the agriculture and forestry industries, however, at present there is no legislation that regulates the recreational use of ATVs by children. The article also presents data collected by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC which shows that, between 1982 and 2005, there have been 7,188 reports of ATV related deaths, 917 (13%) of victims were under 12 years of age. The case reports were of children who had been taking part in an organized racing event. They include a five-year-old male, who received extensive bruising and abrasions after being through from a quad bike at 35 miles per hour (mph); a nine-year-old female who fell from a miniature motorbike and suffered a mild head injury; a thirteen-year-old female who was thrown over the handlebars of a quad bike traveling at 30mph and received bruising, wrist sprains, and abrasions; and a fourteen-year-old male who quad bike flipped forward at 40mph and who suffered a serious head injury. The discussion includes a literature review and a the authors conclude by recommending new legislation in Ireland that would ban recreational ATV use in children below sixteen years of age.


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  • Accession Number: 01105307
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2008 7:32PM