In February 2009, it became illegal to sell children's motorbikes in the United States. The reason? The amount of lead they contained exceeded the maximum allowance established by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). This law wasn't aimed at the motorcycle industry and its youth products, but they became caught up in the issue.
Shortly thereafter, policymakers and the motorcycle industry came to a temporary agreement that put a stay of enforcement in place through the end of 2011. This workaround bought motorbike manufacturers and Capitol Hill extra time so that they could come up with a more elegant solution.
Now, that potential solution has been introduced to the floor in the form of Senate Amendment 264. Co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D - MN) and John Tester (D - MT), SA 264 would amend CPSIA to exclude youth off-highway vehicles from the lead law provisions.