Controversial “Lead Law” Delayed

childrens_dirt_bikesContorversial “Lead Law” Delayed. Ban on children’s dirtbikes and ATVs will not go into effect until December 31st.

The controversial “Lead Law,” which would ban the sale of children’s dirtbikes and ATVs, has been delayed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission until at least December 31st. The CPSC voted 4 to 1 to delay the enforcement of the law which was part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

The CPSIA bans the making, importing, or distributing of any product designed for kids under the age of 12 that contains more than a specified amount of lead. The CPSIA also requires for certain children’s products to undergo expensive periodic testing in order to be certified safe by CPSIA standards.

The AMA and the ATVA are hoping to get dirt bikes and ATVs exempt from the law. The AMA is currently trying to pass the “Kids Just Want to Ride Act,” which would exempt children’s dirtbikes and ATVs from the new lead requirements.

“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 said.

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