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ANS Snowmobiles continue to pose a significant risk to children younger than
15 years of age and young adults aged 15 to 24 years. Head injuries
remain the leading cause of mortality and serious morbidity, arising
largely when snowmobilers collide, fall or overturn during operation.
Children have also been injured while being towed by snowmobiles in a
variety of conveyances. No uniform code of provincial or territorial
laws governs the use of snowmobiles by children and youth. Because
evidence supporting the effectiveness of operator safety certification
is lacking, and because many children and adolescents do not have the
required strength and skills to operate a snowmobile safely, the
Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend the recreational
operation of snowmobiles by persons younger than 16 years of age.
Snowmobiles should not be used to tow anyone on a tube, tire,
sled or saucer. Furthermore, we recommend a graduated licensing program
for snowmobilers 16 years of age and older. This statement suggests
both active and passive snowmobile injury prevention strategies, and
recommends that manufacturers make safer equipment for snowmobilers of
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