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Federal safety agency grants reprieve to kids' dirt-bikes and all-terrain vehicles
February 02, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to delay
enforcement of portions of the controversial "lead law" that would have
banned the sale of kids' dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the
American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.  
On Feb. 1, the CPSC voted 4-1 to delay enforcement until Dec. 31 of the
independent laboratory testing and certification requirements, as well
as the lead-content limits, for kids' dirtbikes and ATVs contained
within the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. The
decision extends an earlier stay on the testing and certification
requirements that was scheduled to expire Feb. 10, and the stay of
enforcement on the lead-content provisions that was set to expire May 1.
The CPSC is responsible for implementing the CPSIA, which 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. The law also requires children's products to
undergo expensive periodic testing by independent laboratories approved
by the CPSC and those products must be certified that they comply with
the CPSIA.
"I want to thank all of the AMA and ATVA [All Terrain Vehicle
Association] members and riders who used AMA and ATVA tools to request a
delay in the enforcement of the law," said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice
president for government relations. "This latest action affords riders
much-needed breathing room to allow federal lawmakers to exempt
child-sized dirtbikes and ATVs from the law.
"It's important now for anyone concerned about this issue to contact
their federal lawmakers to ask them to support H.R. 412, the Kids Just
Want to Ride Act, that was introduced by U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg
(R-Mont.) to exempt kids' dirtbikes and ATVs from the law," Moreland
The best way to contact lawmakers is to use the tools available in the
Rights section of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
Once the revised stay of enforcement expires on Dec. 31, the sale of
kids' dirtbikes and ATVs will effectively be banned because it's unknown
whether the requirements of the law can be met. That is, unless kids'
dirtbikes and ATVs are exempted from the law by an act of Congress
before the Dec. 31 deadline.

James Holter

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