According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 15,000 golf car related injuries requiring emergency room treatment in the US each year. – technology-assoc.com
Also according to the CPSC more than 50% of these injuries involve passengers under the age of 16. The main reason for these injuries is because the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) golf car safety standard, Z130.1, does not require seatbelts to be installed into golf cars. Their reasoning behind this standard is on the golf course passengers need to enter and exit the vehicle often. The ANSI does require that the golf cart have a hand hold as a safety device but this hand hold just isnt enough because of where and how it is positioned it just acts as a lever to toss passengers from the cart. The amount of golf carts leaving the course is growing substantially every day and with that conversation from the standard “golf cart” to LUV or Light Utility Vehicle the need for safety devices is growing as well.
One of the main reasons that seatbelts arent required is because the National Golf Car Manufacturers Association has said that golf cars shouldnt have seatbelts because they lack a roll cage. However the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that the value to be able to jump out of an LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) are unsubstantiated speculation that is especially unpersuasive given the volume of data showing that ejection is extremely dangerous and that seatbelts are remarkably effective at preventing ejections.
With the injuries affecting children the most you should make sure your customers are aware of the dangers and risks, and encourage them to opt for the seatbelt option for their golf cart.
We offer either retractable seatbelts or the standard lap belts and if you would like a cleaner easier install you could go with our seatbelt bars with belts attached.
a part of the statistic:
Golf Cart Head Injury Claims Bella Wiegert, 6: the familys red, electric cart hit a bump on Chippendale Road and Bella fell out, striking her head on the pavement& The Ledger, Lakeland, FL, April 26, 2010
Written by Steve Wilmer
Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint. This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest. Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.