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Quad bikes fatality spike ‘incredibly concerning’: consumer watchdog

Already 14 people have died riding quad bikes on Australian farms in 2020, nearly double the total for 2019, prompting a consumer watchdog warning to drive carefully and fit safety devices to vehicles.

Quad bikes are the leading cause of farm deaths. There have been 150 fatalities since 2011, six people go to hospitals everyday with quad bike-related injuries, and over the past 20 years an average of 16 people are killed each year.

Quad bikes, pictured here without roll-over protection, are the leading cause of deaths on farms in Australia.

Quad bikes, pictured here without roll-over protection, are the leading cause of deaths on farms in Australia. Credit:Justin McManus

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chairman Mick Keogh said the death toll justified the new laws mandating roll-over protection on all new vehicles sold, which were strongly opposed by quad bike manufacturers.

“For many years, manufacturers have been claiming rider behaviour is the major reason for
the number of deaths and injuries. Their aim has been to shift the focus away from the
unsafe design of quad bikes,” Mr Keogh said.

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