The Final Push to Stop the Ban on Youth Motorcycles and ATVs Begins this Week

Congressional Hearing to Review CPSIA; Grassroots Advocacy
at the 2011 Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo

IRVINE, CA – February 14, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Two years of persistent efforts by powersports enthusiasts, dealers and other industry representatives have driven Congress to action. On February 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will hold a hearing to review the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The Motorcycle Industry Council continues to focus Congress’ attention on the unintended ban on youth model ATVs and motorcycles resulting from the CPSIA’s lead content provisions – and the safety risks that the ban presents to youth riders – and has submitted a letter for the hearing.

“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,” said Paul Vitrano, MIC’s general counsel. “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 Representative Denny Rehberg’s bill, H.R. 412.”

MIC has issued a video call to action urging the powersports community to make a final push to encourage their Congressional representatives to amend the CPSIA to ensure youth ATVs and motorcycles remain available. “The timing of this hearing is perfect,” Vitrano added. “With much of the industry gathering in Indianapolis this week for the Dealer Expo, we have a tremendous opportunity to flood Capitol Hill with hand-signed letters and electronic messages asking our Representatives and Senators to stop the ban.”

Enthusiasts can use the portal on www.stopthebannow.com to send an electronic message to their Members of Congress as well as the members of the House and Senate committees with oversight of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. MIC also will again work the floor at the Dealer Expo to gather thousands of signatures on letters to Congressional leadership. For those not attending the show, the letters are available on www.stopthebannow.com.

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. It is a not-for-profit, national industry association representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment firms, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

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3 Comments

  1. The wet blankets, do-gooders and ‘there oughta be a law’ types see people having fun with their families or a group ride by Harley riders and they jump into action banning a small part of those activities saying that it’s reasonable and safe. They intentionally seek an essential part of the activity that seems insignificant, then another government agency uses that part of the legislation to outlaw the product or activity.

  2. If it really was about dangerous substances being harmful to children, gasoline is used in all of these products, then it should folllow that children should not be exposed to that either. How about chain lube? Motor oil? Exhaust fumes?There are many chemicals and substances that human beings are exposed to everyday. Each one of them is a tool to be utilized by the ‘legislation zealots’ to curb or ban your motorcycling activities.

  3. The absudity of this regulation really does not bear comment. The areas on an ATV or motorcycle that contain lead are not susceptible to being ingested. This regulation encourages having small children using machines that are too large and powerful.
    This is another area where the government does NOT need to protect us from ourselves!!

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