MIC shows result of ban on youth-designed ATVs, motorcycles

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) is urging the federal government to allow the sale of youth-designed ATVs to ensure children have appropriately sized vehicles to operate.

The sale of youth-designed ATVs shrank dramatically over the past year, the MIC said, noting such sales are underperforming the current ATV retail market by more than 25 percent.

“The unavailability of youth models creates a compelling safety issues because it likely will result in children under 12 years of age riding larger and faster adult-size vehicles,” MIC General Counsel Paul Vitrano wrote in a letter to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Vitrano and the MIC believe the CPSC should recommend an amendment that would end the current ban on youth powersports vehicles when it reports to Congress.

As part of the legislation that funded the CPSC in 2010, Congress gave the CPSC a deadline of Jan. 15 to submit suggested improvements to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act to Senate and House committees.

The entire MIC letter can be read at this link: http://www.mic.org/downloads/petitions/Letter%20to%20I.%20Tenenbaum%20-%2001-12-10.pdf

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