Families thrilled that new law legalizes the sale of kids' off-highway vehicles
August 15, 2011
With the overturning of a federal law
that created a de facto ban on the sale of kid's off-highway vehicles
(OHVs), the real winners are the families and children who enjoy
responsible motorized recreation, the American Motorcyclist Association
"Families across the nation are breathing a
sigh of relief now that kids' off-highway vehicles (OHVs) have been
exempted from the lead law that banned them," said Rob Dingman, AMA
president and CEO. "Families are sharing their stories with us about
how they enjoy responsible motorized recreation as a family, and how
they thought their riding worlds were about to end.
people worked very hard over the past several years to change the law,
and the families were an important part of that effort," Dingman
continued. "I tip my helmet to all of them."
On Aug. 12,
President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2715 that exempts kids'
OHVs from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008,
known as the lead law.
The CPSIA, which went into effect on
Feb. 10, 2009, banned the making, importing, distributing or selling of
any product intended for children 12 and under -- including kids'
dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) -- that contained more than a
specified amount of lead in any accessible part that might be ingested.
H.R. 2715 cleared the House by a 421-2 vote on Aug. 1 just
before lawmakers went into their summer recess, and earned Senate
approval by unanimous consent the same day.
The new law is a
victory that is the result of nearly three years of intensive efforts
by the AMA and its partner organization, the All-Terrain Vehicle
Association (ATVA), their members and millions of advocates of
responsible OHV recreation.
Among those who lobbied their
federal lawmakers was Peggy Malcolm of Littleton, Colo., who was
thrilled when Obama signed the new law.
"It would have been
devastating to my children and thousands more just like them if they
were unable to ride, and it would have been a shame if the reason they
couldn't ride was because 'our' government failed them," Malcolm said.
She is the mother of Erin, 11, Adi, 7, and Carter, 5, who won an AMA
video contest that earned them a trip to Washington, D.C., to be the
honored guests at the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb on May 26 that
brought families together to lobby their lawmakers.
kids who don't have these outlets that tend to get involved in things
that result in living a not-so-positive and healthy lifestyle," Malcolm
"Kids gain so much from riding -- no matter what level
or for what reason -- whether it's recreationally or competitively.
They learn self-discipline, sportsmanship, and responsibility. Riding
builds confidence and with that, kids thrive," she said.
Newcomer, who was instrumental in getting families with young racers
from the Tomahawk MX Park in Hedgesville, W.Va., to the AMA Family
Capitol Hill Climb, said: "Through the hard work of the AMA and the
families that support young riders, the voices of our children were
heard on Capitol Hill.
"This bill will help protect our
children by assuring them the opportunity to ride age-appropriate
motorcycles," he said. "The children who attended the Hill Climb know
that they helped save their right to ride, but it's also important for
them to know they helped protect the motorcycle industry during tough
economic times. This bill will help save jobs. Our children truly made
David Newell of Montpelier, Va., says he was
out riding with his sons, Shane, 5, and Michael, 8, when Obama signed
the bill into law.
"Michael races 70cc Production in District
13 (Virginia) of the AMA. Shane wants to race as well. Michael loves
racing. As long as he keeps his grades up, he can continue to race. We
also spend more time together as a family by riding the track
together," he said. "If it wasn't for the bill being passed, my son
would probably end up sitting in front of the TV playing video games
instead of getting all of this exercise."
For more information, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com.