There has been growing concern about the numbers of injuries and deaths occurring as a result of the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or ‘Quad bikes’.
Safety regulators, agricultural and transport research institutes, farming associations, coroners and vehicle distributors have all expressed opinions on how to improve the safety of Quad bike users.
Monash University and the Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) in Australia have recently completed a literature review to critically assess research relating to the efficacy of a crush protection device which can be fitted to Quad bikes, called the ‘Quad Bar’.
This review identified serious issues with the simulation methods used and the nature of incidents tested to predict the effect of crush protection devices on Quad bike roll over injuries and fatalities. Limited experimental and simulation results indicate that the Quad Bar crush protection device demonstrates potential to reduce injuries and fatalities, particularly those arising from low speed lateral roll and back flip events.
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