The Centers for Disease Control issued a new report that indicates nonfatal ATV (all-terrain vehicle) injuries have reduced by 1/3 since a peak in 2004. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for this decline, but experts suspect that the economic recession beginning in the mid-2000s reduced driving rates and injuries among teens. This is partly due to the fact that sales of ATVs have declined during the last several years. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there were 43,450 nonfatal ATV injuries in 2004, and only 27,517 in 2010. However, the data does not include patients seen at physicians' offices, clinics, or urgent care facilities. The pattern of decline is also similar for ATV fatalities among children and teens, reducing by 50% since 2004. The CDC states that these reductions are also due to increased safety awareness and strategies to prevent death and injury. One such strategy is preventing children from riding adult ATVs. Between 2006 and 2008, almost 90% of children who died in ATV accidents were riding adult vehicles. The CPSC recommends that children under 16 only ride ATVs designed for them, wear helmets at all times, never drive on paved roads, and never carry more passengers than the vehicle is designed for.
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