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ROV Safety

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) have become very popular in the past few years. Two and four-seater side-by-sides have brought a whole new level of fun to off-road motorsports.

Some designs have proven to be less safe than others. Roll-over accidents are killing and injuring people at an increasing rate. Since 2009, CPSC has been working with manufacturers to improve safety.

Enjoy your ROV safely and follow common sense rules of the trail. Make safety a part of your plan for every ride and help reduce ROV-related deaths and injuries where you live.

  • Do not drive ROVs on paved roads.
  • Everyone riding in an ROV should wear a helmet.
  • Just like in the commercials, everyone should wear protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirt.
  • Always fasten seat belts and keep all parts of your body inside the vehicle.
  • Never have more passengers than there are seat belts and never carry passengers in cargo beds.
  • Never transport passengers who cannot place both feet on the floorboard with their backs against the seat.

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV) Death and Non-NEISS Injury Data (XLS)

- This codebook can be used to better understand the reported data.

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ROV Related Deaths

ROV Deaths Graph

ROV Injury Statistics: This table illustrates reported deaths from 2003 through 2012.

View ROV Death & Injury Statistics:
✪ Reported Deaths or Injuries Associated with Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) 
✪ NEISS Injury Estimates for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) 
✪ ROV-related incidents: January 1, 2012 through April 5, 2013

✪ Information on Lateral Stability (p. 16-27) 
✪ Information on Vehicle Handling (p. 27-34) 
✪ Information on Occupant Protection (p. 35-49)
✪ Information on Safety Warnings (p. 93-96)

ROV Recalls

RECALL | OCTOBER 16, 2014   American Honda Recalls Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)

RECALL | SEPTEMBER 25, 2014   Bad Boy Buggies Recalls Recreational Off-Road Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

RECALL | SEPTEMBER 11, 2014   Arctic Cat Recalls Side by Sides Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert)

RECALL | JULY 30, 2014   Kawasaki Recalls Teryx4 Recreational Off-highway Vehicles Due to Injury Hazard (Recall Alert)

RECALL | FEBRUARY 25, 2014   Polaris Recalls Ranger Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard (Recall Alert)

RECALL | JUNE 19, 2013   Polaris Recalls Ranger Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Burn Hazard (Recall Alert)

RECALL | JANUARY 29, 2013   BRP Recalls Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

RECALL | JANUARY 10, 2013   BRP Recalls Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicles Due to Loss of Steering Control Hazard

RECALL | JANUARY 09, 2013   Polaris Recalls Ranger Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Loss of Control and Crash Hazard

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CPSC Reports on ROVs

NOVEMBER 06, 2013
Repeatability Testing of ROVs

AUGUST 07, 2013
Results from Proposed ROHVA and OPEI Dynamic Maneuvers

AUGUST 07, 2013
Circle Testing of Two ROVs on Dirt Surface

View All ATV and ROV Technical Reports


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