Congressional testimony given on effects of lead law

Discussion continues on a national level over a law that earlier this year led to new youth-designed ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles being taken off showroom floors.

The effects of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) were discussed at a recent U.S. House subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C. Appearing before the committee was Inez Tenenbaum, the new Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC) chairman.

In part of her testimony, Tenenbaum said the federal government and the powersports industry are discussing ways to ensure such youth-designed vehicles meet the CPSIA conditions.

In wake of that testimony, the Motorcycle Industry Council released a statement. Part of that statement said, “There are two common sense ways to end the CPSIA’s unintended ban on youth model vehicles and to protect children from the real risks of operating larger, faster adult-sized vehicles: 1) Congress or the CPSC should limit the parts of youth off-highway vehicles deemed ‘accessible’ under the lead content restrictions to those components that riders routinely interact with during normal operation; or 2) youth off-highway vehicles should be categorically exempted from restrictions, as provided in legislation already introduced by U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (H.R. 1587) and Sen. Jon Tester (S. 608).”

For more on the MIC position and Tenenbaum’s testimony, see an upcoming edition of Powersports Business.

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