That New Law Legalizes the Sale of Kids'
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- With the overturning of
a federal law that created a de facto ban on the
sale of kid's off-highway vehicles (OHVs), the
real winners are the families and children who
enjoy responsible motorized recreation, the
American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
"Families across the nation are breathing a sigh
of relief now that kids' off-highway vehicles
(OHVs) have been exempted from the lead law that
banned them," said Rob Dingman, AMA president
and CEO. "Families are sharing their stories
with us about how they enjoy responsible
motorized recreation as a family, and how they
thought their riding worlds were about to end.
"Many people worked very hard over the past
several years to change the law, and the
families were an important part of that effort,"
Dingman continued. "I tip my helmet to all of
On Aug. 12, President Barack Obama signed into
law H.R. 2715 that exempts kids' OHVs from the
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
of 2008, known as the lead law.
The CPSIA, which went into effect on Feb. 10,
2009, banned the making, importing, distributing
or selling of any product intended for children
12 and under -- including kids' dirtbikes and
all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) -- that contained
more than a specified amount of lead in any
accessible part that might be ingested.
H.R. 2715 cleared the House by a 421-2 vote on
Aug. 1 just before lawmakers went into their
summer recess, and earned Senate approval by
unanimous consent the same day.
The new law is a victory that is the result of
nearly three years of intensive efforts by the
AMA and its partner organization, the
All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), their
members and millions of advocates of responsible
Among those who lobbied their federal lawmakers
was Peggy Malcolm of Littleton, Colo., who was
thrilled when Obama signed the new law.
"It would have been devastating to my children
and thousands more just like them if they were
unable to ride, and it would have been a shame
if the reason they couldn't ride was because
'our' government failed them," Malcolm said.
She is the mother of Erin, 11, Adi, 7, and
Carter, 5, who won an AMA video contest that
earned them a trip to Washington, D.C., to be
the honored guests at the AMA Family Capitol
Hill Climb on May 26 that brought families
together to lobby their lawmakers.
"It's the kids who don't have these outlets that
tend to get involved in things that result in
living a not-so-positive and healthy lifestyle,"
"Kids gain so much from riding -- no matter what
level or for what reason -- whether it's
recreationally or competitively. They learn
self-discipline, sportsmanship, and
responsibility. Riding builds confidence and
with that, kids thrive," she said.
Tyler Newcomer, who was instrumental in getting
families with young racers from the Tomahawk MX
Park in Hedgesville, W.Va., to the AMA Family
Capitol Hill Climb, said: "Through the hard work
of the AMA and the families that support young
riders, the voices of our children were heard on
"This bill will help protect our children by
assuring them the opportunity to ride
age-appropriate motorcycles," he said. "The
children who attended the Hill Climb know that
they helped save their right to ride, but it's
also important for them to know they helped
protect the motorcycle industry during tough
economic times. This bill will help save jobs.
Our children truly made a difference."
David Newell of Montpelier, Va., says he was out
riding with his sons, Shane, 5, and Michael, 8,
when Obama signed the bill into law.
"Michael races 70cc Production in District 13
(Virginia) of the AMA. Shane wants to race as
well. Michael loves racing. As long as he keeps
his grades up, he can continue to race. We also
spend more time together as a family by riding
the track together," he said. "If it wasn't for
the bill being passed, my son would probably end
up sitting in front of the TV playing video
games instead of getting all of this exercise."
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