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Bike Safety Know-It-All? Maybe Not

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After all May is bike safety month.

Many bicyclists may already know these basics:

  • Buy and wear a helmet and check that its label says it complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards;
  • Make sure your helmet fits snugly and the chin strap forms a V around the ears;
  • Keep your bicycle tires filled with the proper amount of air;
  • Ride on the right side of the road in a straight, predictable path.

Even though you likely have heard those tips, when’s the last time you checked for bicycle recalls? In the past year CPSC has recalled about 20 bicycles and bicycle parts.

Bike safety is no accident. Read more safety tips (including our very cool Sprocket Man comic book) on our Bike Safety Guides page.

 

 

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CPSC Infographic: Big Real Rough Tough Deadly ATV Statistics

Blog en español This infographic is also posted on CPSC’s Flickr page for easy sharing.

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Ride Smart to Avoid Tragedy

Memorial Day Weekend is tough on all-terrain vehicle riders.

 

During the four days of the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, there were at least 14 deaths and an estimated 2,850 emergency room treated injuries associated with ATV usage, according to reports gathered by CPSC. Four of the 14 fatalities during that weekend involved children younger than 16. Reports for the four holiday weekends from 2009 to 2012 show a total of more than 73 ATV-related fatalities.

Let’s make this year different and this riding season safer, starting with Memorial Day Weekend.

CPSC is urging riders to throttle up safe practices in order to put the brakes on life-altering tragedies. Ride safe by following these basic rules of the trail:

  • Don’t allow children younger than 16 to drive or ride on adult ATVs.
  • Never allow a child younger than 6 to drive or ride on any ATV.
  • Never have more people on the vehicle than it was designed to carry.
  • Always wear a helmet and protective gear when riding any ATV. If the vehicle is designed to carry passengers, make sure they have on protective gear, too.
  • Don’t drive an off-road vehicle on paved roads.
  • Take a hands-on safety training course. This is especially important for young or first-time operators.

ROV drivers and riders need to be vigilant this riding season, as well. Overall deaths associated with these powerful machines with car-like seats and steering wheels have reached more than 400 over the past 10 years.

In addition to the tips for ATV riders, ROV drivers and passengers should take these steps:

  • Never have more passengers than there are seat belts and never carry passengers in cargo beds.
  • Always fasten seat belts and keep all parts of your body inside the vehicle.
  • Never transport passengers who cannot place both feet on the floorboard with their backs against the seat..

And, whether you’re operating an ATV or an ROV, drive at a safe speed and use care when turning and crossing slopes.

Ride smart and ride safe to avoid tragedies this weekend and all season long.

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Check Your Garage for Summer Recreation Products Recalled In the Winter

Vacations and outdoor activities are the highlight of any summer, but before you head out for your summer trip, check if any of those warm weather activity products were recalled this winter like those below. To check other products for safety issues, go to SaferProducts.gov.

Product Photo Product Units Hazard
Off-Road motorcycles
Husqvarna Recalls Closed-Course/Competition Off-Road Motorcycles 260 units The motorcycle’s throttle cable can malfunction so the rider loses speed control, posing a crash hazard.
TailwindRackBlack LogoLARGE Burley Design Recalls Tailwind Racks for Trailercycles 4,150 in the U.S. and 17 in Canada The top portion of the tailwind rack that connects trailercycles to a towing bicycle can break and allow the trailercycle to disconnect, posing a fall hazard.
K2SportsKickboardLARGE K2 Sports Recalls Kickboards/Scooters 400 units The front assembly of the kickboards/scooters can break and the handle can detach or partially detach, causing loss of control or loss of balance. This poses a fall hazard to the rider.
114024BajaMiniBikeLARGE Baja Motorsports Recalls Mini Bikes 23,000 units The front fork can separate from the wheel, posing fall and crash hazards to riders.
TrekMadone52LARGE Trek Recalls Madone Bicycles  6,800 units  The bicycle’s front brake can fail, posing a crash hazard.
Fox - 34-float black LARGE Fox Factory Recalls Evolution Mountain Bike Suspension Forks  11,250 units in U.S. and 1,250 in Canada  The suspension fork’s damper cylinder/piston can separate and cause the front wheel to detach, posing a fall hazard.
bindingsbLARGE Cabrinha Kiteboarding Recalls H2 Binding  57 units U.S. and 5 in Canada  The binding can detach from its base while riding and lead to loss of control, which poses a risk of injury.
Sunnto Air Hose LARGE Suunto Recalls Air Hoses Used With Scuba Gear  1,300 units  The high pressure air hose may leak or rupture leading to a loss of breathing gas, posing a drowning hazard.
WestMarinePortRunnerLARGE West Marine Recalls Folding Bicycles  4,600 units  The bicycle’s frame can break during use, posing a fall hazard to the rider.
Photo1RollerbaldeTempest90Mens07302200741LARGE Rollerblade USA Recalls Tempest Inline Skates 11,800 pairs The mounting holes in the boot and frame can be misaligned causing the boot to separate from the frame, posing a fall hazard.

 

 

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Buying Toys – Safer Toys.

How things have changed when it comes to toy safety.  Back in 2008, 172 toys were recalled — 19 due to lead. In fiscal year 2013, there were 31 toy recalls — none were related to lead.

 

Our new global system to make toys safer means:

  • Toys are now tested by independent, third-party testing laboratories around the world.
  • CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are at the ports, stopping toys that violate U.S. standards before they reach children’s hands. This recent video shows an example of a recent toy stoppage.
  • You can shop with confidence. Just remember to use products with care.

 

Here are some things you should know:

  • Five of the 11 toy-related deaths in 2012 occurred when children were riding tricycles.
  • Four of those children were found in pools.
  • Two other children died when they rode scooters into traffic and were unfortunately hit.

Helmets, safety gear and supervision are key for safety when children play on riding toys.

Finally, CPSC continues to be concerned with children’s access to high-powered magnet sets:

 

Here are some additional toy safety tips:

  • Keep deflated and broken balloons away from children.
  • Keep small balls and other toys with small parts away from children under 3.
  • Supervise battery charging. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on these chargers. Some chargers lack a mechanism to prevent overcharging.
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