CPSC Staff Recommends
Against Exempting Children's Dirt Bikes And ATVs
From Strict Anti-lead Law
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The staff of the
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is
recommending that the agency refuse to grant an
exemption for youth-model off-road motorcycles
and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) from a new
anti-lead law, the American Motorcyclist
Association (AMA) reports.
The law, the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act (CPSIA) that took effect in
February, has stopped the sale of dirt bikes and
ATVs for children 12 or under. The law was meant
to protect children from dangerous levels of
lead in toys, but it was written so broadly that
it also governs such things as children's books,
clothes, motorcycles and ATVs.
Under the CPSIA, all youth products
containing lead must have less than 600 parts
per million by weight. The CPSC has interpreted
the law to apply to various components of
youth-sized off-highway vehicles (OHV) including
the engine, brakes, suspension, battery and
other mechanical parts. Even though the lead
levels in these parts are small, they are still
above the minimum threshold.
The CPSC staff admits that the risk of
exposure to lead from OHVs is relatively low.
But the staff told the commissioners that the
law is written so strictly that no lead
absorption into the body is allowed. As a
result, motorcycles and ATVs shouldn't be exempt
from the law.
In light of this new recommendation, Ed
Moreland, AMA vice president of government
relations, is urging all motorcyclists and ATV
riders to contact their U.S. Senate and House
members. Moreland wants riders to ask their
lawmakers to support letters being circulated on
Capitol Hill that ask the CPSC to grant
exemptions from the lead law for kids' dirt
bikes and ATVs.
"The CPSC is expected to vote on the staff
recommendation soon," Moreland said, "so
motorcyclists and ATV riders need to contact
their federal lawmakers now."
Moreland added that riders should also tell
Congress to support two bills aimed at righting
this oversight: H.R. 1587 and S. 608.
The easiest way to take action is by visiting
www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com, clicking on
the "Rights" section and then "Issues and
Legislation." AMA members will also find a card
in the May issue of American Motorcyclist
addressed to the CPSC that they can mail.
Interested parties can also sign up in the
"Rights" section to get e-mail Action Alerts to
keep abreast of issues threatening motorcycling
and ATV riding, and to take action.
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