Did you have any doubt about the hard work and power of AMA, our American Motorcyclist Association? Since 1924, the AMA has promoted and protected the motorcycling lifestyle. And the Association succeeded again to convince Acting Chairman of the Federal Safety Commission to hold off for a year the enforcing of new LEAD LAW that has forced Dealers to remove their youth off-road motorcycles & ATV’s off of their showroom floors. The law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that took effect in February, has stopped the sale of dirt bikes and ATVs to children 12 years old and under.
This law was initially meant to protect children from dangerous levels of lead in toys, but it was written so broadly that it also governs such things as children’s books, clothes, motorcycles and ATVs. I will not reproduce here all the legalese of this “hold-off” decision but it is interesting to note that the petitioners against this law were very persuasive in convincing Chairman Nancy Nord that lead serves a purpose in the structural integrity of the metals used in the products and that suitable substitutes are not available. Consequently, during the pendency of a stay of enforcement, ATV’s and motorized bikes appropriately sized for children 12 and younger can again be available and the Commission will not seek penalties for violation of Section 101 and related provisions of the CPSIA against those who sell them (thanks Rogue)