accidents , Honda was busy analyzing this fact , studying the
causes , and proposing solutions to reduce the number of
Several facts became clear .
First , there had been a
dramatic rise in sales . Second , there were many more users than
ATC owners .
It was clear from observations at several well known
riding areas that 7 to 8 friends would take 2 to 3 ATCs to share
during a given weekend .
Third , a rental market arose where a
person who did not own an ATC could rent it by the hour and ride .
Through its experience , Honda began to focus on the major causes of accidents . These can be generally labeled as
inappropriate rider behavior and misuse of the ATC .
drinking alcohol and operating ATCs intoxicated , resulting in
accidents . Riders were driving without proper safety equipment , such as helmets and boots , resulting in increased head and lower
leg injuries . Riders were allowing passengers to ride with them ,
even though both the ATC and is manual clearly informed them that it is an operator - only vehicle . This resulted in loss of control and injuries to both the operator and to the passenger . Certain individuals were riding on inappropriate terrain , such as paved
surfaces . Since the vehicle is designed for off - road terrain and
incorporates the soft tires discussed above , this misuse resulted
in loss of control and accidents . Children were allowed to
operate without adult supervision in terrain which was above
their ability . This , unfortunately , resulted in accidents to children , even though the manual on the child ' s ATC 70 machine