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Help aleveate the ban on Youth ATVs and Motorcycles

Fri, Jan/22/2010

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) supports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission’s recommendation to Congress to give the agency more flexibility to grant exclusions from the lead
content limit to address certain products.  The CPSC requested this flexibility in its January 15 report to Congress
containing recommendations to improve the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
 
“We are encouraged that the consensus report of all five Commissioners specifically mentions ATVs and dirtbikes,
recognizing the dangers to riders caused by the current ban on youth motorcycles and ATVs,” said MIC general
counsel, Paul Vitrano.
 
In addition to the consensus report, MIC is encouraged that CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum also called on Congress
to create a new “functional purpose” exclusion to the lead content limits.  This amendment would permit the
Commission to grant exclusions for youth ATVs and motorcycles since lead in many accessible components is necessary
for their functional purpose, contact with those components is infrequent and the elimination of lead is impracticable
or impossible based on available scientific or technical information.
 
“It is clear that the CPSC strongly believes that the ban on youth model ATVs and motorcycles needs to end,” Vitrano
also said.  “MIC calls on Congress to draft legislation as soon as possible to either grant a categorical exemption for
these products, as provided by H.R. 1587, a pending bill with 55 bi-partisan co-sponsors, or to give the CPSC the
flexibility to do so.”
 
In a Jan. 12 letter, the MIC thanked the CPSC for its efforts to promote youth safety by implementing a temporary
stay to make some youth vehicles available despite the ban.  MIC also suggested three ways to completely or
substantially exclude or exempt youth off-highway motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from those provisions:
 
1.      a “functional purpose” amendment
2.      a categorical exemption, such as would be provided by H.R. 1587
3.      a change in the definition of “accessibility” for powersports products
 
Vitrano said it will again be critical for enthusiasts and industry to mount a massive grassroots effort targeting Congress
to advocate for one of these amendments to the CPSIA.  In the coming days, MIC will be launching advocacy campaigns
through www.stopthebannow.com.
 
The MIC letter can be read at this link: http://tiny.cc/8iJ3x
 
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations,
communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications
standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. It is a not-for-profit, national industry association
representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and
members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants. The
MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office adjacent to Washington, D.C. First called the MIC i
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