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Surgeons want quad bikes banned for all people under 18

AUSTRALIA'S peak body of surgeons has called for a ban on quad bikes for kids after an horrific crash led to the death of a six-year-old girl in country New South Wales. 

The Royal College of Surgeons sent out a statement calling for the ban, this afternoon, saying the death brings the number of people who have died in quad bike accidents since 2001 to 231.

About 15 per cent involved children aged less than 14 years. 

RACS Trauma Committee Chair John Crozier said kids and quad bikes do not mix. 

 "These deaths can be prevented if restrictions are put in place that reflect the danger that these machines pose to young riders.

"In Massachussets for example, a ban on children under 14 years riding quad bikes nearly halted deaths, and halved the number of brain injuries in children."

Despite having four wheels, quad bikes have a high centre of gravity and a narrow wheelbase, making them unstable.

"Most injuries and deaths involve the bike rolling onto the rider and this can occur at low speeds," Dr Crozier said.

"Quad bikes are not toys; they leave very little room for rider error - a lack of judgement, a lack of skill, or even a lack of body mass and physical strength, can result in death or serious injury.

"This places children at a distinct disadvantage when operating these vehicles, and this is something the NSW Coroner recognised when she recommended a ban on under 16s riding quads in 2015," Dr Crozier said. 

RACS' stance was supported by the New South Wales Coroner, according to Dr Crozier, who has previously recommended an independent quad bike accident assessment program. 

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