After an all-day meeting, legal officials from 26 states Monday asked American Honda Inc. for additional information on all-terrain vehicles' safety design and the company's marketing strategies and education programs for buyers.
The staff members from state attorney general offices will meet again in Los Angeles today to discuss possible legal action that can be taken against ATV manufacturers, if necessary, to ensure greater safety.
ATVs have been blamed for nearly 800 deaths and more than 300,000 injuries since 1982, according to state prosecutors. Half of the deaths were children 15 years of age or younger. While critics have maintained that the three-wheeled vehicles are unstable, manufacturers have said that the roll-overs were caused by riders using the machines in an unsafe manner.
"We are still very concerned, and we don't want this to drag on forever, but we need more information from the manufacturers," said Duane Peterson, a spokesman for California Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp.