Thanks To AMA, Lead Law Not Enforced For At Least 1 Year….

ama1Did 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)


6 Responses to “Thanks To AMA, Lead Law Not Enforced For At Least 1 Year….”

  1. 1 Grayhawk Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:11 am

    As in several laws the intent may or may not be good but the lack of proofing to the letter or literalization of the proposed legislation before our Congress prior to, both sides of the isle and our President’s,”Republican and Democratic”, votes or signs it into law which would be seemingly what they are being paid for and is their responsibility.
    Seems like there should be a mandate of time and acknowledgement of proofing before anything can be brought to a vote and no late or additional insertions can be amended to without the same restraints. Would eliminate a whole bunch of bad legislation, That would be transparent and representative of/for Joe Public.



  2. 2 harry Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Well, they pushed things back for one year, but what happens when that one year is up? They need to actually fix the problem, not put it off. I’m anxious to see how the next year goes in regards to this BS issue…hopefully it gets re-written or eliminated altogether. Gov’t agencies are usually part of the problem, not the solution…

  3. 3 Kirk Perry Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    The good ol’ AMA. Always on our side. Can’t beat that down. Hurray!

  4. 4 Christopher Johnson Apr 18th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    The other Commissioner made it clear that he gave significant weight to the argument that if kid-sized mc’s and ATV’s were not available, “irresponsible” parents would put their kids on larger machines, posing a greater danger. He also noted that manufacturers were re-labeling power-restricted 6+ machines as 12+ and removing limiters (I have no idea if this is true – first I’ve heard of it). He thought that the stay was necessary to give the manufactures time to respond with non-lead components or show good cause why the components couldn’t be produced without lead.

  5. 5 Rogue Apr 19th, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I have been assured by my contacts at the AMA that they are going to continue monitering this and also address the comission.
    This is one of the reasons that I ask people to join and support the AMA. If you are not a member, Please Join.

  6. 6 Nicker Apr 19th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Piss & moan about the AMA all ya want……..
    But please join…. NOW!


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