In case you hadn't heard, on August 14, 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The act went into effect on February 10, 2009. The intent of the act is to reduce the amount of lead found in kids' toys. Sounds great, right?
Well, the problem is that the act specifically prohibits items with more than 600 parts per million by weight. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has interpreted that to include various OHV parts including engines, brakes, etc. Because of the weight of OHV motorcycles and ATVs, they exceed 600 ppm of lead.
Thus, kids' OHV ATVs and motorcycles are being pulled from showroom floors.
To quote the American Motorcyclist Association, "In
order to assure continued availability and access to youth OHVs, the
Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and Specialty Vehicle Industry
Association (SVIA) submitted petitions to the CPSC asking that certain
vehicles be excluded from the final rule governing the law. "
Please write to your senators and representatives about this issue, asking them to approve the petition to exclude OHV motorcycles and ATVs from this ban.
The AMA has already filled out a letter for you at:
It takes 10 seconds to fill out the form and send it off. Printing it out and physically mailing it is likely most effective, but even email helps.