New Federal Law Bans ATV's For Children

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

Your child's dream of becoming a supercross racer could be over.
A new law that bans toys with lead also includes ATV's and dirtbikes.
The new law tightens the restriction on lead content for any product designed for children under 12.

While most of the parts that make up these machines are in compliance
manufacturers say some unavoidably contain small quantities of lead and because of it dealerships are being forced to pull these off road vehicles off their showroom floors.

The motorcycle industry council says that they are worried that if youth models are unavailable to families it could lead to children riding adult–only models that are too large for them. Makers of dirt bikes and motocross equipment are seeking an exemption. They say the ban is hurting the industry now and can even have an impact on the future adult riders. Many riders started out as children and have been riding a long time and started off small. Most probably wouldn't be riding today if they didn't grow up loving the sport.

The motorcycle industry is asking for a common–sense exclusion because they say the parts don't present any risk for children in the real world. Dealernews has estimated that the effected inventories could be more than $100 million.

If you would like to get involved, click on the link below and write your Representatives and the Consumer Product Safety Commission Today!


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