Subcommittee Approves changes to 'Lead Law'
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A key U.S. House
subcommittee has approved legislation to address
flaws in the law that effectively bans the sale
of kids' off-highway vehicles (OHVs) at the end
of the year, the American Motorcyclist
Association (AMA) reports.
On May 12, the Subcommittee on Commerce,
Manufacturing and Trade approved and sent to the
full Committee on Energy and Commerce the
Enhancing CPSC Authority and Discretion Act
(ECADA) of 2011 for further consideration.
The ECADA would exempt kids' dirtbike and
all-terrain vehicle (ATV) battery terminals from
the lead-content limits of the Consumer Product
Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which is
commonly known as the lead law. It may also
allow exemptions to the lead-content portion of
the law for OHV parts under certain conditions.
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
"The ECADA is a step in the right direction,"
said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for
government relations. "We are hopeful that the
final legislation will fully address the problem
with an outright exemption, like the one in H.R.
412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act."
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), author of H.R.
412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, said: "I
appreciate the House Subcommittee on Commerce,
Manufacturing and Trade's continued work to undo
the consequences of the overreaching regulations
created by the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act. However, this legislation still
does not go far enough in exempting youth-sized
motorcycles and ATVs.
"H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act,
provides the necessary exemption for these
vehicles and is the most common-sense approach
to this issue," he continued. "Montanans and
folks across the country who enjoy these
products are waiting for Congress to show
leadership and exempt these products once and
The AMA will conduct an AMA Family Capitol Hill
Climb on Thursday, May 26, at the nation's
Capitol in Washington, D.C., to help educate
lawmakers about the need to change the CPSIA.
The event will promote the future of kids'
dirtbike and ATV riding, and scores of young
riders and their families are expected to
attend. The day will begin with a press event
introducing the winner of a video contest to
focus attention on the plight of children and
families impacted by the CPSIA.
Following a screening of the winning "Kids Just
Want To Ride!" video, all attendees will have
the opportunity to meet with their congressional
representatives to urge support for H.R. 412,
the Kids Just Want to Ride Act.
For more information about the Kids Just Want to
Ride Act and the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb,
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