Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Concerns About CPSC's All-Terrain Vehicle Task Force Report

HRD-87-74: Published: May 20, 1987. Publicly Released: May 20, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) work on all-terrain vehicles (ATV).

GAO found that: (1) CPSC established a task force to address ATV issues, but did not intend the task force to operate independently; (2) there was no evidence that high-level CPSC officials attempted to influence the task force's work; (3) while task force members stated that their briefing report included all of their major findings and recommendations, they believed that the report overemphasized operator problems and underemphasized engineering problems; (4) the task force intentionally omitted enforcement options from its report; and (5) while one Commissioner's special assistant attended many task force meetings, he did not play a significant role in the development of the report.

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