Requirement for Kids' ATVs Delayed Until Nov.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) has decided to hold off
on requiring third-party testing and
certification of kid-sized all-terrain vehicles
(ATVs) for lead content until Nov. 27, 2011, the
All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) reports.
The testing and certification is required
under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement
Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which is commonly called
the "lead law." The CPSC is responsible for
implementing the law, including accrediting
laboratories to do the testing.
The CPSC earlier approved a stay of
enforcement of the testing and certification
requirement for kid-sized ATVs, which are
designed for children age 12 and under, until
Jan. 25. On Jan. 25, the commission extended the
stay even further -- until Nov. 27 -- noting
there are no accredited third-party testing
facilities yet. The CPSC did say, however, that
CPSC staff would conduct some testing.
"In announcing its decision, the CPSC said
that it received more than 400 comments asking
for a stay of enforcement until Nov. 27," said
Ed Moreland, senior vice president for
government relations of the American
Motorcyclist Association (AMA), which is the
sister organization of the ATVA.
"The CPSC pointed out that AMA and ATVA
members were among those who asked for the
stay," Moreland said. "The overwhelming majority
of those who commented used AMA-provided tools
to do so, and I want to thank everyone who
answered our call to contact the CPSC.
"Now is the time for all riders to contact
their federal lawmakers and urge them to support
H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, to
exempt kid's machines from the CPSIA," he said.
"The easiest way to do that is through the
'Rights' section of the AMA website at
The Kids Just Want to Ride Act, was
introduced by U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.)
on Jan. 25. The proposed law would exempt
kid-sized off-road motorcycles and ATVs from the
lead provisions of the CPSIA. The CPSIA
effectively banned the sale of small
displacement recreational vehicles due to overly
restrictive lead content standards.
Specifically, 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. When the law was passed in
2008, that amount was 600 parts per million.
The lead-content threshold then dropped to
300 parts per million after Aug. 14, 2010, and
is set to drop to 100 parts per million, or the
lowest level that is technologically feasible,
after Aug. 14, 2011.
Aimed at children's toys, the CPSIA also
ensnared kids' dirtbikes and ATVs because trace
levels of lead can be found in parts such as
batteries and brake calipers. Other children's
products are also affected, such as books,
clothes and microscopes.
Many dealers are no longer selling kid-sized
ATVs, and half of the major ATV manufacturers
are no longer selling machines for kids because
of uncertainty surrounding the CPSIA.
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