Congress to hold lead ban hearing Thursday

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) is pushing for action this week as a House committee plans to hold a hearing on a lead law and its unintended effects on the industry.

The MIC has submitted a letter, which can be read at http://online2.mic.org/mic/downloads/vitrano_letter_to_house02-11-11.pdf, for the hearing, which is scheduled for Thursday. The MIC is calling on other enthusiasts to join in with its efforts to stop the ban on youth ATVs and dirt bikes that would effectively occur if the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) isn’t changed.

“Congress knows that the risk to children comes from banning youth models, not from the lead in metal parts, and there now is a will to solve this problem once and for all,” Paul Vitrano, MIC’s general counsel, said in a press release. “We urge Congress to stop the ban by either lowering the age range of ‘children’s products’ to age 6 and under or granting a categorical exemption for youth ATVs and motorcycles, as provided in Rep. Denny Rehberg’s bill, H.R. 412.” 

The MIC has issued a video call to action at http://content.bitsontherun.com/previews/SBVz3Flx-oZuLcRBs. The organization urges enthusiasts who wish to join its efforts to send an electronic message to members of Congress at http://www.stopthebannow.com. Also, the MIC will be at Dealer Expo in Indianapolis this weekend seeking signatures for letters to be sent to Congressional leadership. Those letters also appear at http://www.stopthebannow.com.

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