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Bike Safety Know-It-All? Maybe Not

Feel like a know-it-all when it comes to Bike Safety?Hispanicbike300X200

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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Adult Bed Rails: A Solution For Some, Not For Others

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Do you care for someone who uses portable bed rails? These rails and handles may not provide the added safety you seek.  If the person you are caring for has physical limitations, dementia or delirium, portable bed rails could be hazardous. From January 2003 to December 2013, CPSC received reports of nearly 175 deaths related to adult portable bed rails. In addition, an estimated 39,600 adult portable bed rail injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments from 2003 to 2012. Most of these deaths and injuries occurred with people who were 60 years old and older. FDA reported 531 deaths from January 1985 to January 2013 with bed rails used on hospital beds. The biggest cause for deaths and injuries are from people becoming trapped. Entrapments happen between rails or between the rails and a mattress, a commode, the floor or a headboard. Portable bed rails include rails, handles and grab bars. They are attachable and removable from a bed, not designed as part of the bed by the manufacturer, and are installed on or used along the side of a bed. When we discuss portable bed rails, we’re referring to those used in homes and care facilities, not those on hospital beds, for the following purposes:

  • to reduce the risk of falling from the bed,
  • to help the consumer reposition in the bed, or
  • to help the consumer get in and out of the bed.

They should NOT be used as a restraint to keep a person in a bed. Bed rails come in different styles, shapes and sizes. Here are a couple of examples:

photos of a portable bed rail and a bed handle or grab bar.

Left: A portable bed rail. Right: A bed handle or grab bar.

Before you install a bed rail, consult with a doctor, and consider whether this is the right product for your situation. There are other alternatives when a bed rail is not the right solution. If you do choose to install a bed rail, follow these tips from CPSC and FDA:

  • Check with the manufacturer to make sure the bed rails are compatible with the mattress and bed frame. These are not one-size-fits-all products.
  • Select and place bed rails in a way that discourages climbing over the rails to get in and out of bed, which can lead to falling over the rails.
  • Install bed rails using the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure a proper fit.
  • Check bed rails regularly and readjust as needed to make sure they are installed correctly. Rails can shift or loosen over time creating dangerous gaps.
  • Check for recalled bed rails or handles.

Are you interested in more information related to bed rails and/or older adults? FDA has a website section dedicated to Bed Rail Safety.  CPSC recently published a report detailing consumer product related injuries to people 65 and older.  We also offer a free Home Safety Checklist for Older Consumers to help you stay safe.

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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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