Lead ban hits ATV industry
Ban intended to protect kids from toxins in toys may shut down the kids' motorbike and ATV industry.
Mon, Feb 14 2011 at 8:00 AM
In 2008, Congress responded to a slew of toy recalls by passing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
(CPSIA). The intention of the act was to make toys safer for kids but setting strict standards on the amount of toxins (like lead) that could be present in toys and other products marketed to children.
It all sounded good on paper, but almost immediately, small toy manufacturers
cried foul when they realized they would never be able to adhere to the testing and labeling procedures required by CPSIA.
And it turns out they aren't the only industry in an uproar. According to the current wording of CPSIA, youth-model motorcycles, motorbikes, and ATVs are considered children's products and thus they must adhere to the same standards for lead as other children's toys.
Responding to these concerns, a bipartisan coalition of 43 members of Congress is hoping to pass a bill - the Kids Just Want to Ride Act
- that would permanently exclude youth-model motorbikes and ATVs from the lead ban.
After a series of delays
, CPSIA was slated to take effect May 1, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 4-1 on Feb. 1 to delay implementation until the end of the year. That gives ATV and motorbike manufacturers and retailers some time to request a reprieve from CPSIA before the act officially goes in to effect.
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