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Feds to ban sale/use of FS ATVs to >16yearolds

[Federal Register: December 26, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 248)]
[Notices]
[Page 78776]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr26de02-42]


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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION



Petition Requesting Ban of All-Terrain Vehicles Sold for Use by
Children Under 16 Years Old; Extension of Comment Period


AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.


ACTION: Notice of extension of comment period.


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SUMMARY: The Commission is extending its comment period to receive
information concerning a petition asking the Commission to ban the sale
of adult-size four wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) sold for the use
of children under 16 years of age. Seven manufacturers and distributors
of ATVs requested a 60-day extension of the comment period. The
Commission has decided to extend the comment period 90 days after the
original comment period of December 17, 2002, in order to allow
sufficient time for comments related to an ATV study that the
Commission staff is currently preparing.


DATES: The Office of the Secretary should receive comments on the
petition by March 16, 2003.


ADDRESSES: Comments, preferably in five copies, on the petition should
be mailed to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety
Commission, Washington, DC 20207, telephone (301) 504-0800, or
delivered to the Office of the Secretary, Room 502, 4330 East-West
Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Comments may also be filed by
telefacsimile to (301) 504-0127 or by e-mail to [email protected]
Comments should be captioned ``Petition CP 02-4/HP 02-1, Petition on
ATVs.'' A copy of the petition is available for inspection at the
Commission's Public Reading Room, Room 419, 4330 East-West Highway,
Bethesda, Maryland.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about submitting
comments call or write to Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary,
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207; telephone
(301) 504-0800, ext. 1232.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 18, 2002, the Commission
published a notice announcing that it has docketed a petition asking
that the Commission ban adult-size ATVs sold for the use of children
under age 16 and requesting comments on the petition. 67 FR 64353. The
petitioners assert that ATVs pose an unreasonable risk of injury and
death to children, particularly to children under age 16 who ride
adult-size ATVs. The October 18 Federal Register notice provided for a
60-day comment period to end December 17, 2002. The Commission has
received requests to extend the comment period from American Honda
Motor Co., Inc., Arctic Cat, Inc., Bombardier Motor Corporation of
America, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., Polaris Industries Inc.,
American Suzuki Motor Corporation, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
These companies, all manufacturers and distributors of ATVs, noted that
the Commission staff is preparing a study of ATV-related injuries. The
companies requested a 60-day extension of the comment period to allow
comment on issues that the study may raise that are relevant to the
petition. After considering these requests, the Commission has decided
to extend the comment period 90 days after the original comment period
of December 17, 2002 to March 16, 2003. Because the study has not yet
been released, the Commission was concerned that a 60-day extension may
not be adequate to allow interested members of the public sufficient
time to review the study and comment on any issues related to the
petition.


Dated: December 20, 2002.
Todd Stevenson,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 02-32596 Filed 12-24-02; 8:45 am]

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