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CPSC RIN: 3041-AC78 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Recreational Off-Road Vehicles 

The Commission is considering whether recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs) present an unreasonable risk of injury that should be regulated. ROVs are motorized vehicles having four or more low-pressure tires designed for off-road use and intended by the manufacturer primarily for recreational use by one or more persons. The salient characteristics of an ROV include a steering wheel for steering control, foot controls for throttle and braking, bench or bucket seats, a roll-over protective structure, and a maximum speed greater than 30 mph. On October 21, 2009, the Commission voted (4-0-1) to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register. The ANPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2009, and the comment period ended December 28, 2009. The Commission received two letters requesting an extension of the comment period. The Commission extended the comment period until March 15, 2010. Staff conducted testing and evaluation programs to develop performance requirements addressing vehicle stability, vehicle handling, and occupant protection. On October 29, 2014, the Commission voted (3-2) to publish an NPRM proposing standards addressing vehicle stability, vehicle handling, and occupant protection. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014. On January 23, 2015, the Commission published a notice of extension of the comment period for the NPRM, extending the comment period to April 8, 2015. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill provides that during fiscal year 2016, none of the amounts made available by the Appropriations Bill may be used to finalize or implement the Safety Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles published by the CPSC in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014 (79 FR 68964) (ROV NPRM) until after the National Academy of Sciences completes a study to determine specific information as set forth in the Appropriations Bill. Staff has ceased work on a Final Rule briefing package that would implement the ROV NPRM, but continues to engage in the development of voluntary standards associated with ROVs. In FY 2016, staff will prepare a briefing package assessing the voluntary standards for Commission consideration.

Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 1422   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2056    15 U.S.C. 2058   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Staff Sends ANPRM Briefing Package to Commission  10/07/2009 
Commission Decision  10/21/2009    
ANPRM  10/28/2009  74 FR 55495   
ANPRM Comment Period Extended  12/22/2009  74 FR 67987   
Extended Comment Period End  03/15/2010 
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to Commission  09/24/2014 
Staff Sends Supplemental Information on ROVs to Commission  10/17/2014 
Commission Decision  10/29/2014 
NPRM Published in Federal Register  11/19/2014  79 FR 68964   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  01/23/2015  80 FR 3535   
Extended Comment Period End  04/08/2015 
Staff Sends Briefing Package Assessing Voluntary Standards to Commission  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Caroleene Paul
Project Manager, Directorate for Engineering Sciences
Consumer Product Safety Commission
National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2225