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Tarantula Performance Racing

TPR Youth ATV Parts Meet CPSIA Lead Limits

March 9, 2009 - Youth ATV front bumper, rear grab bar, heel guard and nerf bar combinations available from Tarantula Performance Racing meet or exceed the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act lead limits required for youth products.

TPR has obtained certificates of conformity from all of its raw material providers and its powder coat applicator for all products used in TPR’s manufacturing process. All materials used in the youth and adult ATV parts produced by TPR meet, or are far below, the 600 parts-per-million lead content restrictions enacted in February by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A majority of TPR’s materials are completely lead free.

The CPSIA in February set new national lead limits on products intended for use by children 12 and under, including all youth ATV and dirt bike models and their parts.

Brian Fredmonsky, chief engineer for Tarantula Performance Racing, said the safety of all its youth riders are the company’s top priority.

“We wanted to make sure our products conformed to the new lead laws for the same reason we just introduced our Race Safe line of youth products,” Fredmonsky said. “We want to make sure our riders are safe to enjoy and compete in our sport.”

Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the CPSC, said aftermarket manufacturers like TPR currently are not required to test their products for lead content.

“They are not under an obligation to test, because we have given a one year exemption,” Wolfson said. “But they still have to meet the law. It would be a wise approach to have a level of assurance through testing that their product is below lead levels.”

Currently, the CPSC does not require aftermarket product manufacturers like TPR to conduct testing on their parts, but TPR does plan to back up its certificates of conformity with independent, third-party testing on all of its youth ATV products before the testing requirement is implemented in 2010 by the CPSC.

The Associated Press reported in February Congress tightened lead limits on children's products last summer after a series of discoveries of dangerous lead levels in toys, and the rules took partial effect when a judge nixed a 12-month reprieve while the CPSC finalizes them. The law won't be enforced for a year, but retailers can no longer sell products that contain materials in question.

The CPSC has issued rules outlining the procedure for requesting an exemption from the lead laws. The Motorcycle Industry Council and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America requested exemptions for youth ATVs and dirt bikes, but the commission has not acted on the request.

Paul Vitrano, general counsel for the MIC, said the industry has submitted scientific evidence using the analytical method required by the CPSIA demonstrating that the lead-containing components, parts and accessories in ATVs – essential for safety or functionality issues – pose no risk of causing measurable increase in blood lead levels in children aged 12 and younger.

“Unfortunately the signals from (the) CPSC are not good,” Vitrano said. “Based on both commissioners' interpretations of the law, we are not optimistic that the exclusion for youth model ATVs and dirt bikes will be granted.”

Fredmonsky said the uncertain nature of the law and its effect on parts further emphasized the importance of ensuring all TPR products conform to the lead laws.

“We guarantee our products are safe for all youth riders and racers,” Fredmonsky said.

To learn more about Tarantula Performance Racing and its new Race Safe line of youth ATV products, contact them at tpr_inc@yahoo.com or by phone at 330-273-3456. www.tprusa.com.


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