50 lawmakers now support The Kids Just Want to Ride Act
March 03, 2011
Legislation that would exempt kids'
dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from the "lead law" that
effectively bans them at the end of the year is gaining momentum on
Capitol Hill, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
There are now 50 co-sponsors to H.R. 412: The Kids Just Want to Ride
Act, which was introduced by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) The bill
seeks to exempt kids' off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the Consumer
Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which is also known as
the lead law.
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. It also requires all children's products undergo
periodic testing by independent laboratories approved by the Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is responsible for implementing
The CPSC has delayed enforcing key portions of the
law until after the end of the year. Unless the CPSIA is changed by
then, the sale of child-sized dirtbikes and ATVs will effectively be
"As a motorcycling enthusiast myself for many years,
I fully respect the importance of improving the safety of kids who ride
off-highway motorcycles and ATVs," said Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), one
of the latest co-sponsors. "But this is just another example of
regulations creating the exact opposite effect of their original
intent. This law actually makes kids less safe by eliminating
appropriately sized off-highway motorcycles and ATVs, and forces young
riders onto larger and more powerful machines not designed for them.
"I'm proud to support the Kids Just Want to Ride Act and know that it
will keep youth-sized motorcycles and ATVs available for safe and
responsible use as they are intended," Ribble said.
Landry (R-La.), another co-sponsor, said: "The Kids Just Want to Ride
Act will fix the illogical mandate of the Consumer Product Safety
Commission and will once again allow our children to safely enjoy
outdoor recreational vehicles. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this
common-sense legislation to protect our youth while working to create
Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government
relations, thanked lawmakers for their bipartisan backing of the bill.
He noted it's important to get as many co-sponsors as possible to
increase the bill's chances of passage.
Moreland urged all concerned riders and parents to contact their federal lawmakers to ask for support.
The easiest way to contact lawmakers is through the Rights section of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
In addition to Ribble and Landry, the latest co-sponsors of the Kids
Just Want to Ride bill include Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Marsha
Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Lynn
Jenkins (R-Kan.), John Kline (R-Minn.), Tom Latham (R-Iowa), Pete Olson
(R-Texas), Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Joe
For more information, go to http://capwiz.com/amacycle/go/HR412.
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