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In a previous American Motorcyclist Association Rights blog, the AMA and its All-Terrain Vehicle Association made you aware of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s infographic webpage that contained inflammatory language titled CPSC Infographic: Big Real Rough Tough Deadly ATV Statistics.

The AMA and ATVA sent a letter to the CPSC asking what exactly is the CPSC’s intention when it selected the words “rough” and “tough?” And the use of the word “deadly” implies what we can only infer is an extreme bias against ATVs by the CPSC.

On Nov. 21, the CPSC responded, stating that they “have decided not to revise the infographic that appears on the Commission’s website.”  It elaborates with “[t]he Commission staff determined that the material is factually accurate and not misleading because it is supported by data in Commission files.”

The AMA and ATVA disagree.

The use of the word “deadly” seems to contradict the CPSC’s own statistics that indicate an improving ATV safety record.

The result: this new infographic webpage may result in a harmful relationship between the responsible motorized community and the CPSC.

The AMA and ATVA want to know what you think of the new infographic webpage. Sound off with a comment.

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