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Old 02-14-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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CPSIA

I posted this in News & Media but not getting any looks. This NEEDS to be seen by all. Thanks.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) went into effect three days ago, and while it’s intent is to prohibit the sale and distribution of children’s products that contain lead—a response to the rash of children’s toys and jewelry recently found to contain dangerous levels—the legislation has stunned the motorcycle community by virtually gutting the youth powersports market overnight.

Because things like valve stems, the aluminum in brake components, and battery terminals unavoidably contain small quantities of lead, products like minicycles, youth ATVs, and a wide range of parts and accessories have been removed from showroom floors and are no longer available. The ramifications of that are being felt not just by manufacturers and dealership owners, but by thousands of young riders and their families. (And as the Motorcycle Industry Council has pointed out, if youth models are no longer available, we may see more and more young riders on machines that are too big and too powerful for them—a very dangerous trend.)

These products clearly don’t cause measurable increases in blood lead level—what kid sucks on a motorcycle?—and Congress has provided tools by which the public can grant “merited, common-sense exclusions from the lead standards.” You can help by visiting the website of Missouri Representative Tom Self HERE and filling out a form that will automatically send a letter to all the representatives and senators who have the power to grant the petitions for temporary exclusions that have been filed by the MIC and others in the powersports industry.

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From a press release issued by AMA:

Take action now: Help stop the ban on youth model OHVs

Action items to share with your club members, racers and fans

As you may know by now, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) has effectively banned the sale of youth off-highway vehicles (OHVs) as of Feb. 10, 2009. The AMA is issuing a repeated call for action to help reverse the potentially devastating effect this could have on the sport of OHV recreation. We are also asking for your help, as promoters and club leaders, to spread the word to your club members, racers and fans to encourage them to get involved.

While this move could cripple the future of the sport, it does appear that there may be relief for the use of motorcycles purchased prior to Feb. 10. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has compiled a list of prohibited acts in the CPSIA. Neither riding a previously purchased motorcycle nor promoting a race that includes those motorcycles is included on that list. Download the CRS list here.

Still, immediate attention is needed to end this ban on the sale and manufacture of youth model OHVs. In addition to the efforts the AMA is putting in on Capitol Hill, all motorcyclists need to help fight this measure. Here are some quick links to background information and ways you can help reverse this decision:

* Contact your representatives in Congress by using the Take Action button in the Issues and Legislation section of the AMA website.

* Write the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) directly to encourage them to exclude youth model OHVs here.

* Click here for a page that includes suggested copy for a letter you can send to the CPSC.

* Read the AMA press release on this issue here.

* Read the AMA's comments to the CPSC here.

* Click here to download a PDF version of the CPSIA.

For regular updates on this issue, please keep a close eye on the AMA website at www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com. You also can sign up to receive AMA Legislative Alerts here.

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done, this is a bunch of BS, i cant imagine bein a kid and growin up without a dirt bike. i would have given up my g.i. joes, transformers, and my hot wheels to keep my bike.
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Seems to me it should be pointed out some of these same components/parts are used in full size automobiles, schoolbus, motorcycles, lawnmowers etc.


so.. if the min's are being removed due to the proximity it, seems they should have to get rid of the big ones too. :-)
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thats what i was thinking, like taking away assault rifles, whats next, maybe shotguns and pistols? Im not sure what the thinking is on all the bright ideas the government but sometimes its just ridiculous and unnecessary. I mean seriously, if you get your kid a dirt bike he better be riding it and not chewing on it, if thats the case he needs a tricycle. simple parenting is turned into a huge expensive venture to find out what is in it. dont we realize that this is what got us into the situation we are in today, and government digging to deep into things trying to fulfill this -like complex, trying to feel they are in control of everything, but truly are loosing grasp of it all. end rant, sorry for that but when and where will it all end.
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i've done my part and will spread the word... this is rediculous..

also brought about a good point. This could really affect the future of the sport.. congress thinks this is a smart move? To recall some of the most sold bikes in america? Considering the economy, this is a stupid move for the industry and for the economy.. Some people... My bad, ALOT of people really have their heads up their a**es
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Watch this interview Robert Pandya did with the MIC’s Paul Vitrano on the topic at the Dealernews International Powersports Expo. In this video, Vitrano spells out exactly what the problem is and explains exactly what you need to do. It’s definitely worth four minutes of your time.

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MIC: Lead Rules Have Potential $1 Billion Dollar Cost
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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Motorcycle Industry Council Projects Lost ATV and Motorcycle Related Economic Value Could Approach $1 Billion Due to New Lead Rules

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2009 - The new lead rules that have banned the sales of many youth all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles could lead to $1 billion in lost economic value annually for the industry, predicts the Motorcycle Industry Council.

The projected loss is based on 2008-estimated value of the retail marketplace* for ATVs and off-highway motorcycles and factors out vehicles and related economic value not included as part of the ban. MIC projects that the estimated value of the retail marketplace related to all youth ATVs and off-highway motorcycles exceeds $1.5 billion, but the ban applies only to products that are intended primarily for youth aged 12 and under. Powersports companies have stopped selling affected youth products with lead content in excess of the limits identified in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that went into force February 10.

"The potential losses for the powersports industry are massive at a time when this country cannot afford additional economic losses," said Paul Vitrano, general counsel for MIC and SVIA. "With these vehicles sitting in warehouses instead of on showroom floors, the related sales of most protective gear, accessories, and parts and services are virtually non-existent. Thousands of small businesses across America are impacted by this ban."

Dealers from every corner of the country and other concerned individuals have sent more than 100,000 letters to the U.S. Congress urging support for exclusions from the act for powersports vehicles, parts and accessories. MIC and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America have spearheaded the massive letter-writing campaign, along with Rep. Tom Self of Missouri, the American Motorcyclist Association, The BlueRibbon Coalition, and Americans for Responsible Recreational Access.

Those calling for the exclusions believe that the lead-content provisions of the act, which originally were aimed at toys that can be mouthed by children, were never intended to apply to youth ATVs and motorcycles. Most of the components making up youth powersports products are in compliance. But some parts, that youth would not ingest, unavoidably contain small quantities of lead in excess of the CPSIA limits, such as the valve stems on the tires, aluminum in some brake components, and the terminals on the batteries.

MIC's Web site (www.mic.org ) contains background and updated information about this serious issue facing the powersports industry and has links to tools to contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Congress to express support for industry's requests for relief.


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An Update From MIC On The CPSC's Ban On Youth Powersports Vehicles

From a press release issued by MIC:

IRVINE, Calif. – At a press conference hosted by Rep. Tom Self of Missouri on March 4, Paul Vitrano, General Counsel, Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) stated that the powersports industry is being severely harmed by the ban on most youth all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles. The ban is a result, unintended or otherwise, from the CPSIA legislation and is a very serious concern because of the consequences.

Serious because:

With these ATVs unavailable to families, we may see more kids on adult ATVs. We know this leads to crashes. The CPSC, the ATV industry, consumer groups, safety advocates and parents all agree: It’s critical to keep riders under the age of 16 off of large ATVs designed for adults. The CPSC, consumer advocates and industry have worked for years to get kids onto youth model ATVs, many of which are now not available because of the unintended consequences of this legislation.

In addition, families with smaller dirt bike enthusiasts may be tempted to put young riders on motorcycles that are too large for them. This also raises the risk of injury.

It’s serious because:

The potential losses for the industry are massive – up to $1 billion in retail economic value annually. This at a time when our industry, along with thousands of big and small businesses, are struggling because of the economic downturn. Tens of thousands of small businesses across America have been severely hurt because these vehicles are sitting in warehouses and not on showroom floors. Meanwhile, the sales of goods like protective gear, accessories, and parts and services, are virtually non-existent.

Thanks to the efforts of Tom Self and the thousands of dealers in the industry, the media is starting to report on the obvious, that kids won’t eat or lick their ATVs and motorcycles.

While that is true, it is also important to note that the industry has submitted scientific evidence using the analytical method required by the legislation. This evidence proves that the lead-containing components, parts and accessories of these vehicles – essential for safety or functionality issues – pose no risk of causing measurable increase in blood lead levels in children aged 12 and younger.

Unfortunately the signals from CPSC are not good. CPSC Commissioners voted just last night on procedures for determining exclusions. Based on both Commissioners' interpretations of the law, we are not optimistic that the exclusion for youth model ATVs and dirt bikes will be granted.

Now the industry is caught in the middle of a fight between Congress and the CPSC. Congress gave the CPSC the power to grant merited, common-sense exclusions, such as ATVs and off-highway motorcycles, from the lead standards. We urge the CPSC to grant our requests for exclusions.

If CPSC believes its hands are tied because of the way the legislation was written, Congress needs to amend the law to restore common sense and make exclusions available for youth ATVs and dirt bikes.

These products present no health risk to children. There is no practical reason for our industry to be harmed by an unintended effect of this law. Each day this ban continues compounds the severe hardship on businesses and families, and works against the ATV safety efforts of CPSC, industry and consumer advocates. And it could well contribute to more crashes among young dirt bike riders.

We need Congress and the CPSC to end this ban – NOW.

Go to the MIC web site at http://mic.org/letters.cfm . You will find an email generator and customizable letters specifically written for dealers, rider/enthusiasts, riding families and parents, parents of racers and other powersports industry members. The e-mail generator will send a message to your Congressional representatives and members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee via the ARRA web site.

The letters are addressed to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and to each CPSIA Conference Manager from the Senate and House. Help get the word out, send letters to your representatives and tell them how you feel about this issue
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Motorbike sale to defy lead law

By William M. Welch, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Angry with a nationwide ban on sales of youth motorcycles and ATVs over lead concerns, one of the biggest dealers in Southern California plans to sell the child-size vehicles today despite potential criminal penalties.
Malcolm Smith, a Riverside, Calif., dealer and major figure in off-road motorcycling for four decades, is challenging federal officials to come and get him.

Smith, 68, says he plans to sell several of the youth-targeted vehicles to people who are already prepared to pay for them. He says he has told the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency charged with enforcing the ban passed by Congress last year.

"I've been paying attention to all the rules and regulations, giving them some time to do something about it," Smith says. "They have no idea what this is doing to small businesses."

Since taking effect Feb. 10, the law passed has made it illegal to sell off-road vehicles and accessories — including used vehicles and replacement parts — aimed at children 12 and younger because of small amounts of lead in alloys used in parts of the vehicles. Smith says he is prohibited even from selling helmets and other safety gear aimed at youth.

Motorcycle industry leaders say the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is costing $1 billion in retail sales and related economic impact. Like many other powersports dealers, Smith says, he is stuck with 45 to 50 youth vehicles that he cannot sell under the new law.

Paul Vitrano, general counsel for the Motorcycle Industry Council, the trade association of manufacturers, says his group last week presented evidence last week to the commission supporting an exclusion for off-road vehicles. He says toxicology evidence "demonstrates the lead in metal parts on vehicles present no risk to kids' safety because they do not result in measurable increases in blood lead levels."

Even so, he says, the commission had embraced "a very narrow and strict" interpretation of the new law, suggesting the mere presence of lead in parts was a violation of the standard for children.

"CPSC appears unwilling to grant us relief," Vitrano says.

Joseph Martyak, chief of staff to the acting chairman of the commission, says that the commission expects to make a ruling on whether to grant an exclusion "in the next week or two."

He says the panel has been inundated with letters, calls and e-mails protesting the ban — as many as 5,000 in one day.

Off-roading enthusiasts including Smith have ridiculed the ban, saying it defies logic because no rider or child is going to ingest motorcycle parts whether they contain lead or not.

"I've never yet seen one child chewing on a motorcycle," he says.

Smith says his buyers will be several prominent motorcycle industry figures, including a well-known helmet designer and a fellow racer who with Smith won the Baja 1000 off-road championship four times. Smith is a champion racer who starred with Steve McQueen in the 1970s documentary On Any Sunday, which glamorized the sport.

Although not endorsing the action, Vitrano says the manufacturers group is aware of Smith's plans.

"He, like many of us in the industry, is frustrated and concerned about the situation," Vitrano says.
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