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Personal Watercraft Safety Data

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YearFatalitiesInjured personsAccidents(a)SalesNumber in use
1987515637629,00092,756
19882025465048,000126,881
19892040284464,000178,510
1990285321,16272,000241,376
1991267081,51368,000305,915
1992347301,65079,000372,283
1993359152,236107,000454,545
1994561,3383,002142,000600,000
1995681,6173,986200,000760,000
1996571,8374,099191,000900,000
1997841,8124,070176,0001,000,000
1998781,7433,607130,0001,180,000
1999661,6143,374106,0001,200,000
2000681,5803,26892,0001,230,000
2001501,4242,56280,9001,220,000
2002711,3622,22579,3001,220,000
2003571,2281,99480,6001,170,000
2004569521,66479,5001,250,000
2005651,0071,69280,2001,230,000
2006689191,63182,2001,190,000
2007679821,65579,9001,190,000
2008459201,45962,6001,240,000
2009428781,33244,5001,330,000
2010387761,22141,6001,270,000
2011447641,15842,9001,270,000
2012587211,11138,5001,250,000
20133660195439,4001,270,000
20143459289147,9001,200,000
Notes: 

Personal watercraft are less than 13 feet in length and are designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing, or kneeling on the craft rather than within the confines of the hull.

Watercraft Number in use and Sales are estimates.

Description: 

a Total vessels involved.

Source: 

Fatalities, injuries, and accidents: 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues), table 19 and similar tables in earlier editions, available at http://uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.php as of Sept. 15, 2015.

Sales: 

1987-90: Personal Watercraft Industry Association, available at http://www.pwia.org/faq/ as of June 19, 2000.

1991-2013: National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract (Annual Issues), table 3.1 and similar tables in earlier editions, available at http://www.nmma.org/statistics/publications/statisticalabstract.aspx as of Sept. 19, 2014.

Use: 

1987-96: National Marine Manufacturers Association, data compiled by the United States Coast Guard, personal communications.

1997-98: Ibid., available at http://www.nmma.org/facts/boatingstats/statistic98.html as of June 19, 2000.

1999-2013: National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract (Annual Issues), table 1.3 and similar tables in earlier editions, available at http://www.nmma.org/statistics/publications/statisticalabstract.aspx as of Sept. 19, 2014.

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