Bill introduced to exempt kids' dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles from federal 'lead law'
January 25, 2011
Ohio -- With the deadline fast approaching that would effectively ban
the sale of kids' dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), U.S. Rep.
Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) has introduced legislation to end the ban, the
American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
On Jan. 25, Rehberg
introduced H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, which would exempt
kids' off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 that effectively bans their sale
beginning May 1.
"Here again, a law
meant to improve children's safety is actually being enforced in a way
that puts kids in more danger than ever, while destroying jobs to
boot," Rehberg said. "It's critical that we put to rest any confusion
once and for all so kids can just get outside and ride.
"There's no excuse for
continued bungling that only stops kids from using the very youth-sized
off-road vehicles that are intended to keep them safe," Rehberg added.
Motorcyclist Association has always been an excellent advocate for
their members, and I'm happy to be working so closely with them again,"
Ed Moreland, AMA senior
vice president for government relations, thanked Rehberg on behalf of
the AMA and the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), which is the
AMA's sister organization.
"This is the most
promising and viable legislative remedy available to permanently
exclude kid-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the deleterious and
unintended consequences of the CPSIA," Moreland said. "We also want to
thank the many thousands of AMA and ATVA members who have answered the
call from the beginning to urge their lawmakers to exempt kids' OHVs
from the lead law.
"Now, we need a renewed push because time is running out," Moreland said.
The easiest way to contact federal lawmakers is through the Rights section of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcycist.com.
The CPSIA bans the
making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for
children 12 and under that contains more than a specified amount of
lead in any accessible part. Aimed at children's toys, the law also
ensnared kids' dirtbikes and ATVs because trace levels of lead can be
found in parts such as batteries and brake calipers.
The law also requires
all children's products to undergo periodic testing by independent
laboratories approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
which is responsible for implementing out the CPSIA.
On May 1, 2009, the
CPSC delayed enforcement of the lead-limit portion of the law until May
1, 2011 to, among other things, give vehicle makers time to figure out
ways to ensure their products comply with the law.
Even though the
lead-limit portion of the law isn't being enforced, many dealers are no
longer selling kid-sized OHVs and half of the major ATV manufacturers
are no longer selling machines for kids because of uncertainty
surrounding the CPSIA.