Lead Law Update

August 1, 2011 9:45am
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On July 28, 2011, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) introduced S. 1448, the Consumer Product Safety Flexibility Act of 2011. The bill would exempt youth off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the lead law that effectively bans the machines at the end of the year, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

This bill is being considered now by the Senate!

S. 1448, co-sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT), would exempt youth OHVs from the lead-content provisions of the Consumer product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which is known as the lead law. Those provisions contain overly restrictive lead-content limits that have practically destroyed the sale of youth OHVs and severely hampered youth motorized recreation.

The AMA and All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) applaud Senator Pryor for introducing S. 1448 and ask you and everyone you know that cares about the future of youth motorized recreation to call your Senators today to support the Consumer Product Safety Flexibility Act.

All you have to do is click here and enter your zip code to obtain talking points and phone numbers to each of your Senators' offices.

The CPSIA bans the making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and under that contains more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part. It also requires that all children's products undergo periodic testing by independent laboratories approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is responsible for implementing the law.

The CPSC has delayed enforcing key portions of the law until after the end of the year. Unless the CPSIA is changed, the sale of youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles that do not conform to the CPSIA will be officially banned beginning in 2012.

Click here to call your Senators today and tell them to support S. 1448, the Consumer Product Safety Flexibility Act.

For more information on the CPSIA and everything the AMA has done on behalf of youth motorized recreation, please click here.