• Apr 24, 2009
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]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This was one a terrible law to begin with. If your kid is dumb enough to eat the parts on his motorcycle, he should not be allowed outside without a helmet and pads at all times.

      In the time of a recession, how did legislators think it was OK to create a law that would cost the motorcycle industry millions of dollars in sales.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Legislators made this law in like 2007. It was meant to empower the Feds to stop tainted toys from China. But, it was poorly written and vague. The ruling was extended to motorcycles. This isn't so much congress' fault, so much as it is the agency system's fault.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Our legislators needs to be working on peeling away useless bull instead of dropping another fat one onto the steaming pile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's sad that about half of all the articles here are about the government regulating one thing or another.

      I'm not blaming autoblog, they just report the news, it's just I'm tired of the government butting into every aspect of our lives.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope this become permanent, banning the sales of motorcycles because of the lead in them was stupid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently some people posting here don't seem to understand the danger of lead. I would suggest doing some research before making wild accusations about the government interfering with your rights as consumers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In reality as long as the lead isn't organic lead you'd have to be ingesting a serious amount to get any real damage done. For younger kids they're a bit more susceptible, but even then the truth is that even lead painted toys aren't all that dangerous as long as your kid isn't eating them all the time.

      The really dangerous stuff is stuff like leaded gasoline, since it uses an organic lead that pretty much goes right to your brain. It's actually fairly hard for your gut to absorb the lead from lead paint since it's not all that digestible or absorbable. Which is actually why I think the whole lead painted toys thing is overblown-if your kid is old enough to no longer shove everything in their mouth there's no more danger than there is from them getting lead poisoning from the lead solder in every computer.

      Of course I'm not sure what variety of lead they used here, if it's an organic lead compound then the danger skyrockets exponentially since it can be absorbed even just by breathing fumes. I find that pretty unlikely though that this is organic lead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So that`s why the economy took a nosedive, children motorcycle sales were at 0. The economy did NOT like that. Well economy, will you finally start to work for us now again? We will even sacrifice children for you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, ronEbar - didn't you know? Right before this ban took place, millions of children were dying left and right, directly attributable to their incessant consumption of children's motorcycle parts, along with their dinners. It's so deadly, and was such a problem. I'm so glad mommy government got involved!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only LEAD in a motorcycle... is in the battery. I don't think kids suck on the lead plates in the lead-acid batteries. They get burned by the battery acid first.

      This is such bureaucratic bullcrap idiocy, that it is hard to keep a civil tongue in my head.

      Motorcycles aren't the only thing affected. EVERY product saleable at retail, that in any way can be sold to children, is subject to lead-content testing, at the expense of the company offering the product. Even if two products use the same material that passes the lead test on one product, the other product has to be tested, as well, at their cost.

      This is insanity, and yet another symptom of the government control and oversight disease that is spreading like wild-fire through this society.

      This law should be repealed, after being found un-constitutional. The government does not have the power to do this sort of thing, especially as an un-funded mandate. They also have no warrant to charge taxpayers to do it, either. They shouldn't be doing it at all, other than the very most basic disclosure of lead content to discourage ignorance-induced fraud.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...the lead they had a problem with wasn't in the batteries, it was in other parts. http://www.motorcycledaily.com/29january09_salesban2.htm

        ""Some ATV and motorcycle parts unavoidably contain small quantities of lead," said Vitrano, who also is general counsel of MIC. "Lead in these components is necessary, either for safety, as in the case of facilitating the machining of tire valves, critical to assuring tire air retention, or for functionality, such as the lead in battery terminals, which is needed to conduct electricity." Vitrano said the new law provides for exclusions for inaccessible components and authorizes CPSC to grant petitions for exclusions under certain conditions, but CPSC has not granted any for ATVs and motorcycles."
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the issue was the lead paint... touch the gas tank or other painted panels (especially with sweaty hands), then go eat without washing your hands.

        Motorcycles should be excluded from the law though, as they aren't really "toys"... besides they are full of other toxic crap (gas, oil, gear oil, etc.).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well said.

        +1
      • 5 Years Ago
      1) don;t eat your motorcycle
      2) prepare for a string of catalytic converter thefts, as they are sourced for their valuable platinum
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