WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced the termination of the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Action Plan for SunL Group, Inc., of Irving, Texas. Effective immediately, it is unlawful for any importer or distributor to import or distribute into commerce any ATV subject to the SunL Group ATV Action Plan.
An ATV Action Plan is an agreement between CPSC and an ATV manufacturer, importer or distributor that describes actions that a company must carry out to promote ATV safety, including rider training and dissemination of safety information. An Action Plan also includes age recommendations and policies governing marketing, the sale of ATVs, and the monitoring of such sales. It is unlawful for an ATV manufacturer or distributor to import into or distribute in commerce any new assembled or unassembled ATV, unless the ATV is subject to a Commission-approved ATV Action Plan.
SunL Group was an importer and distributor of motorsports products, including gas and electric scooters, dirt bikes, ATVs and go-karts.
SunL Group obtained approval for its ATV Action Plan on August 7, 2009. Recently, CPSC staff obtained information that SunL Group was no longer in operation and could not fulfill the terms of its ATV Action Plan. The Commission terminated the Action Plan on March 29, 2011.
Now that SunL Group is out of business, the Firm can no longer provide a remedy as part of its 2008 recall of SunL Group SLA90 Youth ATVs.
CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the SunL Group SL A90 Youth ATV. This youth ATV lacks front brakes, a manual fuel shut-off, padding to cover the sharp edges on the handlebar assembly, and is sold without a tire pressure gauge or adequate flag pole bracket.
The risk with these ATVs is severe because these vehicles are intended for children. In many cases, youth riders are just learning how to operate an ATV and may not have the experience necessary to help them avoid hazards associated with this product's defects. The defects could lead to young drivers losing control of the ATVs, which poses the risk of serious injuries or death.
Consumers who own other models of SunL ATVs should determine if the safety components identified above are present on their models before using the ATVs.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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