Quad bike deaths almost double within first half of 2020

Australia is bringing in a new quad bike safety standard, after the amount of deaths related to quad bikes almost doubled in the first half of this year, compared to last.

In the first six months of 2020, 14 people – including three children – have died from quad bike related accidents in Australia.

Seven of those were in Queensland alone.


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Quad bike accidents are the leading cause of death and severe injuries on Australian farms.

150 people have died from quad bike related accidents, including 23 children, since 2011.

While six people present to hospital each day as a result of quad bike related injuries around the country.

It’s prompted the federal government to introduce a new Quad Bike Safety Standard.

ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh says the fatality data is too concerning to ignore.

“Quad bikes are an important part of rural life but the ongoing fatalities and serious injuries are incredibly concerning.

“They highlight the importance of this new safety standard.

“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.

“The truth of the matter is, the inherent instability of quad bikes causes them to frequently roll over.

“It has been reported that at least eight of the fatalities so far this year involved rollovers, with four of them resulting in crush injuries,” Mr Keogh said.

The first phase of the new safety standard will come into effect on October 11, 2020.

The safety standard has two stages:

Stage 1: 11 October 2020

All new quad bikes, and directly imported second-hand quad bikes must:

  • meet the specified requirements of the US quad bike Standard, ANSI/SVIA 1-2017 or the EN 15997:2011 Standard
  • be tested for lateral static stability using a tilt table test and display the angle at which they tip onto two wheels on a hang tag at the point of sale
  • have a durable label affixed, visible and legible when the quad bike is in operation, alerting the operator to the risk of rollover, and must include rollover safety information in the owner’s manual.

Stage 2: 11 October 2021

All new and directly imported second hand general-use model quad bikes must:

  • be fitted with, or have integrated into the design, an operator protection device
  • meet the minimum stability requirements of: – lateral stability—must not tip on to two wheels on a slope less than 28.81 degrees – front and rear longitudinal pitch stability—must not tip on to two wheels on a slope less than 38.65 degrees.

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An excellent response by the Federal Government to the serious issue of quad bike related deaths and serious injuries. Note I am one of a small number of independent quadbike safety experts in Australia and NZ.
Its a great pity that quad bike manufacturers decided in the mid 1990’s to pay Dynamic Research Inc in California to undertake poorly designed research to “justify” not fitting CPD’s! That research is based on computer modelling that is just plainly wrong. It predicts increases in deaths and serious injuries with the fitting of CPD’s. Yet with over 14700 quad bikes fitted with Quadbars since 2008, for a total of over 59400 years, the deaths to date caused by the Quadbar are zero compared to an expected number of 4 if those quad bikes had not been fitted with Quadbars. DRI’s prediction for those over 14,700 quadbikes fitted with Quadbars is variable but between 4.7 and 24.1 deaths!!!