I was just sent a cell phone picture of my two grandsons, five and seven, on their new Christmas present, an ATV.
I am very troubled by this, having expressed my feelings on this heretofore, and knowing that the strong willed son-in-law would do whatever the fuck he wanted, thank you very much for your input months ago.
I broke my back two years ago on an ATV, and I'm an adult. I was doing something stupid, and got caught. But we ride in some very remote rough areas. We have since toned down our riding to just putt putt old fart stuff.
These two had a little electric John Deere atv that was even rated for children older than they were when they got it, four and two IIRC. They, and their Mom and Grandma, insisted that it was okay for both to ride at the same time, so one of the motors burned out recently, and that was all she wrote. In the meantime, they would not follow instructions on where or where not to ride, wearing helmets, or using the safety strap for the second rider. They were constantly getting stuck in places they were told not to ride.
My heart is heavy this Christmas.
Does anyone have any personal experiences with children and atvs and negative situations?
Statistics of major injuries and death across the country tell me that I am not being hysterical about this.
They are males, five and seven years old.
It is an internal combustion four stroke engine, not sure of the horsepower, but usually kids atvs are limited to 70cc, and even 50cc engines have 5 hp. Oh, and I was reminded that it has a governor, but that just means it is mostly in low gear where there is more torque.