Although oftentimes confused with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) are very different. ROVs are equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROS), side retention accessories, and seatbelts. Unlike ATVs that use handlebars for steering, ROVs are driven using a steering wheel, and have brake and acceleration pedals. Because of its features, ROVs should be driven by individuals 16 years of age and above with a valid driver’s license.
But no matter how ‘car-like’ their features might be, ROVs still pose safety risks, especially when designed and manufactured improperly. Last October, for instance, American Honda recalled all of its 2014 Honda Pioneer 700 ROVs after receiving reports that its middle skid plate may accumulate debris and vegetation, which could come in contact with the car’s exhaust system and catch fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that almost 15,400 ROVs are affected by the nationwide recall.
If you or your loved one has been damaged by a defective ROV in Madison, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn about the legal actions may take against the negligent manufacturer involved. Call us at (414) 271-0900 for a free assessment today.