ATV deaths rising

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government safety officials are focusing new attention on ATVs.

At least 555 people were killed in accidents involving the all-terrain vehicles in 2006. That includes more than 100 children.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates more than 146,000 people were injured in ATV accidents in 2006 and more than a-quarter of them were children.

And officials say, based on reports from coroners and hospitals, the problem is getting worse.

The industry says the problem is not with the machines but with how they are used. A spokesman for a trade group called the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America says, "ATVs have never been shown to be an unsafe product." He says the problem is "bad decisions" by the people sitting on the seat.

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