Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Health & Parenting

Font Size
A
A
A

Kids and ATVs: Injuries on the Rise

Children Suffer Amputated Feet and Broken Necks in Accidents Involving All-Terrain Vehicles

Small Size Places Kids in Danger

According to Shah, ATV riding by children is intrinsically dangerous because of their small size.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 16 be prohibited from operating ATVs.  "I don't think any state is talking about restricting ATV use by children," Shah notes.

Shah says that when parents ask him if using a helmet might reduce the risks, he replies that's like asking if your kid should be smoking low-nicotine or high-nicotine cigarettes.  "They should not be smoking at all," he says.

RSNA spokeswoman Katarzyna Macura, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, tells WebMD that she thinks most parents aren't aware of the danger they are putting their kids in when they let them ride on ATVs.

"This is striking data that shows that although ATVs are often labeled safe, they can cause a variety of traumatic injuries," she says.

Shah adds, "Even if 10% of parents stop putting their kids on ATVs [after hearing this data], we'd achieve a lot today."

1 | 2

Today on WebMD

family walking on the beach
Slideshow
two boys in a swing
Article
 
mistakes_parents_make_with_toddlers_2.jpg
Article
woman with cleaning products
Slideshow
 
mother and daughter talking
Tool
child brushing his teeth
Slideshow
 
Sipping hot tea
Slideshow
Young woman holding lip at dentists office
Video
 
6-Week Challenges
Want to know more?
Build a Fitter Family Challenge – Get your crew motivated to move.
Feed Your Family Better Challenge - Tips and tricks to healthy up your diet.
Sleep Better Challenge - Snooze clues for the whole family.
I have read and agreed to WebMD's Privacy Policy.
Enter cell phone number
- -
Entering your cell phone number and pressing submit indicates you agree to receive text messages from WebMD related to this challenge. WebMD is utilizing a 3rd party vendor, CellTrust, to provide the messages. You can opt out at any time.
Standard text rates apply
Which Vaccines Do Adults Need
Article
rl with friends
fitSlideshow
 
tissue box
Quiz
Child with adhd
Slideshow