Congressional hearing may impact youth off-highway vehicle ban

A U.S. House hearing scheduled for Thursday, April 29, will address the Consumer Product Safety Enhancement Act (CPSEA) of 2010. The CPSEA would modify earlier legislation that effectively banned the sale of youth-model dirt bikes and ATVs due to lead-content standards, according to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

The CPSEA hearing follows persistent pressure by AMA members and others to address the unintended consequences of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. However, the AMA still has concerns with the new bill.

While the CPSEA would provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission flexibility to issue exclusions to the lead-content standards of the CPSIA, it fails to define key concepts in the bill, which could water down its effectiveness, says AMA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland.

“There are important phrases in the new bill that must be clearly defined for this legislation to be objective,” Moreland said in the press release. “Otherwise, the bill is left open to interpretation and, potentially, litigation. Indeed, at least one lawsuit has already been filed with respect to one of these key concepts.”

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