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Take Action Against CPSC's Proposed Rulemaking On UTVs/ROVs

Chaparral Motorsports
November 11, 2014

The Federal Government wants to design your next off-road side-by-side vehicle by mandating handling and performance capabilities and requiring excessive and potentially unsafe restraint systems. If not halted, the mandate will limit the off-road community's options.

Your immediate action is needed now. By reaching out to your elected officials and letting them know you oppose this mandate, together we can halt this regulation, but you must act now. We have a limted window to act, and tell Congress and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) that their mandates are not right for off-road.

What's Going On?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing to make a "rule" for ALL powersports OEMs. The "rule" would mandate unnecessary, restrictive design standards for side-by-sides (ROVs).

location-1What Does That Mean for Me?

The "rule" would require OEMs to build to arbitrary design standards in 4 areas:

Mandated understeer → applies on-road design principles to off-road vehicles

  • Causes vehicle to push through corners because turning radius increases as vehicle speed increases
  • Reduces vehicle steering responsiveness and handling predictability
  • Works for on-road vehicles with smooth ditches and guard rails, but will lead to unintended consequences off-road
  • Minimum lateral acceleration on pavement → optimizes on-road performance without any correlation to off-road safety
  • Could lead to loss of ground clearance and/or wider vehicles
  • Encourages use of stiffer tires, not effective off-road
  • Limits/eliminates door and cab enclosures
  • Ignores steering wheel input - drivers' primary control

2014 Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 EPS - Action

Mandated Passenger Seat Belt Interlock → ties speed-limiting technology to the front passenger seats creating potential failure modes and unintended consequences

  • Transfers some control of vehicle from driver to passenger - passenger unbuckling or bouncing on seat will result in dangerous, sudden loss of power
  • Limits ability to customize seats and causes increased risk of seat sensor failure in off-road conditions
  • Limits/eliminates ability to utilize under seat storage

Mandated Shoulder Bolster → requires a frame-mounted shoulder bolster on all vehicles

  • Compromises ability to get in and out
  • Limits door and cab options

nv426770_1What Can I Do?

Clicking below will take you to the ARRA (Americans for Responsible Recreation Access) letter generator page. They have made it extremely easy for you to contact the right people who represent you in Washington, D.C.

Voice your opinion here


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