Federal lawmakers hold hearings on the safety of children’s products following
numerous lead-related recalls. |
|2008 || |
Aug. 14, 2008
President George Bush signs into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement
Act (CPSIA) of 2008, known as the lead law. Among other things, the law
effectively bans the sale of any products for kids 12 and under containing
trace amounts of lead, including dirtbikes and ATVs.
|2009 || |
Feb. 10, 2009
The lead law takes effect.
March 19, 2009
In an act of civil disobedience, Motorcycle Hall of Famer Malcolm Smith
sells three kid-size off-highway vehicles at a rally against the lead
law at his dealership.
May 1, 2009
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) delays enforcement of the
lead-content part of the CPSIA until May 1, 2011.
Aug. 14, 2009
Under the CPSIA, the threshold of allowable lead in kids’ toys drops from
600 parts per million to 300. The threshold is to drop to 100 parts per
million after Aug. 14, 2011.
The CPSC delays the law’s lead-testing requirements until Feb. 10, 2011.
|2010 || |
Jan. 15, 2010
The CPSC tells Congress it can’t exempt kids’ dirtbikes and ATVs from the
CPSIA unless the law is changed to give the panel flexibility.
April 29, 2010
Federal lawmakers hold a hearing on the proposed Consumer Product Safety
Enhancement Act of 2010 to amend the CPSIA. Other bills to change the
lead law are also in the hopper. The bills all die.
|2011 || |
Jan. 25, 2011
The CPSC delays the law’s lead-testing requirements until Nov. 27, 2011.
Various bills are introduced in 2011 to amend the lead law.
AMA Kids Just Want to Ride! Video Contest
May 26, 2011
The AMA organizes the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb in Washington, D.C.,
for riding families to lobby their federal lawmakers in support of Rep.
Denny Rehberg’s (R - Mont.) H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act.
Aug. 1, 2011
Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Joe Barton
(R-Texas), John Dingell (D-Mich.), Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), Edolphus
Towns (D-N.Y.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) introduce
H.R. 2715 to exempt kids’ off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the lead-content
portion of the CPSIA.
Aug. 1, 2011
The House votes 421-2 to approve H.R. 2715. The Senate approves the bill
by unanimous consent the same day.
Aug. 12, 2011
President Obama signs H.R. 2715 into law.