Earlier this year, a law was passed that made it illegal to sell small motorcycles and ATVs in America that were intended primarily for children under the age of 12. The issue was lead content, as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) issued a law banning the sale of any product that contains more than 600 ppm of lead in "substrate material."
After a great deal of protracted negotiations, the CPSC and officials representing motorcycle manufacturers and dealers have come to an agreement of sorts that will remove the federal ban on children's motor vehicles. Policymakers have proposed a "stay of enforcement," meaning that it's likely a temporary arrangement, and state attorneys general aren't bound to abide by the proposal.
The Motorcycle Industry Council seems pleased that action has taken place, but is calling for Congress to end the ban entirely.
[Source: The New York Times, MIC]