CPSC delays ‘lead law’ enforcement

by Jeff on December 13, 2010

From the AMA:
Washington D.C.: The Consumer Product Safety Commission has extended to Jan. 25, 2011 the date by which OEMs and importers must begin using accredited third-party labs to certify that Y6 and Y10 youth ATVs meet federal standards. The previous deadline was Nov. 26.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 dictates that eventually all children’s products subject to a product safety rule will require third-party testing. So while manufacturers may continue to use in-house testing for certifying adult ATVs, they are scrambling to find third-party labs for models intended primarily for children 12 and younger. The OEMs could also choose to create their own “third-party” labs through a process called firewalling.
The commission invites comments on the possibility of a one-year stay. The types of comments sought are outlined in a Federal Register Notice under the subhead “III Commission Action on the Petition.” The deadline for comments is Dec. 30, 2010.
The stay of enforcement regarding the CPSIA “lead ban” ends May 11, 2011. At that point, the OEMs still selling illegal units will likely stop, making the third-party testing requirement a moot point. This is why the industry continues to seek a permanent solution to the lead ban through legislation.

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