'Off-Roading' Threat May Lurk in the Air

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Falls aren't the only danger for kids who ride an off-road vehicle. In many parts of the United States, riders may also inhale hazardous mineral fibers and toxic dust, researchers warn.

Four-wheel-drive and all-terrain vehicles "have been designed to operate in rugged, unpaved terrain, and they can produce copious amounts of dust," said study lead author Chris Wolfe.

Naturally occurring asbestos and other mineral fibers can become airborne in the dust generated while "off-roading," said Wolfe, an epidemiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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