The explosion in the popularity of recreational off-highway vehicles (known as ROVs, ATVs, UTVs or more generally OHVs) is obvious to anyone who lives or vacations in rural areas. These vehicles are used by recreational enthusiasts, ranchers, hunters and others riding on backroads, dirt trails or going across open country. About the size of a golf cart, these four-wheel vehicles typically feature open side-by-side seating, a possible a back seat or rear storage area, roll bars and other common off-road modifications.
Still relatively new compared to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and leisure vehicles, there have been some growing pains. American Honda Corporation has now recalled all model year 2016-2019 Honda Pioneer 1000 ROVs because of instances of a stuck throttle pedal. This has led to 15 reports of the throttle pedal sticking in the open position, involving six crashes and resulting in a report of a concussion and a broken nose. The vehicle has a listed top speed of 67 miles per hour and limited by a governor. All told, the recall involves 80,000 ROVs.