As of Tuesday, February 10th, 2009, the small ATV industry has all but been shut down
This affects not only dealers and new units but individuals all across the U.S. New and used units as well as parts avilability for every used unit in the nation has been called under question. This issue is far reaching not only financially but also concerning safety. With the suspension of proper sized ATV's and motorcycles suspended, young riders will be tempted to use improperly sized and built machines which could (but Lord willing won't) lead to severe injuries.
There is a waiver now setting before the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington DC, but has not been acted upon as of yet. We need every available rider, Mother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunt, Uncle and any relative, friend neighbor, business or personal contact or any person who is a legal us citizen to get involved. They need to access this website, read the sample letter, type in their name and addresss then click the "send a letter on my behalf" icon below it. This will generate correspondence to all the committee members in Washington that are on the committee that oversee the commission that could act upon this. The commission members as well as my office will also receive copies of the letters set so we can be the most effective voice we that we can. The sport as well as the industry is in turmoil and time is short. The future of small powersports is at risk! PLEASE ACT NOW!!
SEND A LETTER TO THE U.S. CONGRESS
If you would like us to send a letter to the United States Congress on your behalf, please fill in your name and address (optional) below and we will forward the following email to the Representatives and Senators.
Dear Representatives & Senators,
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was signed into law on August 14th of last year after receiving broad support from both the House and Senate. I appreciate that this landmark legislation is intended to improve the safety of our nation's consumers and I support the CPSIA's goal of protecting children from harmful substances. However, I am concerned about the potential unintended consequences of the legislation.
One sector particularly affected by the new lead content standards, under section 101(a), is the off-highway vehicle industry. Under the CPSC's interpretation of the CPSIA, engines, brakes, wheels, tires, and suspension parts on these vehicles must be tested and meet the lead standard due to remote concerns over lead exposure to children six years or older. While the law provides some exclusions for inaccessible components and also authorizes the CPSC to grant exemptions under certain conditions, to date the CPSC has not done so for products in the off-highway vehicle industry. This situation has resulted in HUGE inventories of products - which present no health risk to children - to be rendered retroactively illegal, and prohibits the future sale of these products because all available exemptions have yet to be clarified.
Off-highway vehicle recreation is enjoyed by all ages and contributes significantly to the national economy. I thus urge the CPSC to grant the petition for temporary exclusions submitted by the snowmobile, ATV, and off-highway motorcycle industry.
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