As ridership has grown nationwide, hundreds of children have been killed riding all-terrain vehicles built for adults. The Star Tribune published a five-part series in November 2014 examining how the industry, government and families have failed to heed the warnings about risks that off-road vehicles pose to children.
Some ATV enthusiasts are gambling with their children's lives. Instead of buying off-road vehicles specifically designed for young riders, many parents are letting their children drive adult-sized ATVs that can exceed 60 miles per hour and are as difficult to control as a car.
No surface is more dangerous for ATVs than pavement, many road safety authorities say. But across the country, more local and state governments are allowing all-terrain vehicles to be driven on paved roads.