AMA issues appeal over misbegotten ‘lead law’

by Jeff on November 9, 2010

Reprinted as a courtesy to get the message out for the AMA. We wrote about this issue last year. This law effectively crippled a family friendly industry and is a prime example of ludicrous safetycrat behavior at its finest. With thinking like this coming from those supposedly in charge in this country, is it any wonder the U.S. has long been slipping in its competitiveness?

Let’s fix this mess. The AMA asks that you please write your representative today if you care about the future of kids’ powersports and the people who make their living in this industry. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s motorcyclists. Let’s help them for real, not in misguided ways like those dreamed up by the CPSC when it thinks it’s trying to “help” keep kids safe with dumbed-down nanny laws. Yes the batteries and perhaps other parts have lead content. No, kids raised with common sense are not going to suckle the battery posts, or otherwise put the lead in their mouths and poison themselves.  – Jeff

A message from the American Motorcyclist Association:

Soon, the 111th Congress will come to an end. Therefore, we have limited time to change the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, or commonly known as the lead law, to exclude youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). It is important Congress amends the lead law before the stay of enforcements, issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), expire February 10, 2011 for testing, and May 1, 2011 for distribution and sales.

While the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) applauds the CPSC for implementing the stays, they do not solve the real issue, which is the law itself. Despite the stays, it is unclear whether state attorneys general will also decline to enforce the CPSIA. The sale of youth-model motorcycles and ATVs is still technically illegal. Even though a stay means that dealers would not be subject to fines or penalties imposed by the CPSC, state attorneys general would still be able to prosecute violators if they chose to do so. Youth-model motorcycles and ATVs should be exempt from the law, and Congress needs to act now to make that happen.

The riding community needs to let Congress know that we remain concerned about the law, and we want youth-model off-highway vehicles excluded from the law. We need your help to let our lawmakers know how we feel. Riders should contact their Representative and ask them to support H.R. 1587, introduced by Rep. Denny Rehberg, to exempt youth-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA.

The quickest way to reach your Representative is to call them. You can find contact information for your elected officials by entering your zip code on > Rights > Issues & Legislation. Additionally, a prewritten e-mail is available for you to immediately send to your Representative by following the “Take Action” option and entering your information.

For more ways you can help to exclude youth-model motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA or for more information about the issue, click here.

Please write or call your Representative today and ask them to support H.R. 1587 to exclude youth-model motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA lead content requirements.

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