Take Action: New Senate Amendment To End Ban On Youth Recreational Vehicles

April 2011 Powersport News

By American Motorcyclist Association


U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has introduced language that would exempt youth off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the lead law that effectively bans the machines at the end of the year, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.


Senate Amendment 264 (SA 264), co-sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), would exempt youth OHVs from the lead-content provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which is known as the lead law. Those provisions contain overly restrictive lead-content limits that have virtually destroyed responsible youth motorized recreation.


SA 264 would amend S. 493, which is a small business program reauthorization bill. All amendments and the final legislation are set to be voted on by the Senate this week.


The American Motorcyclist Association is asking you and everyone you know who cares about the future of youth motorized recreation to call your Senators today to support SA 264.


All you have to do is click here and enter your zip code to obtain talking points and phone numbers to each of your Senators' offices.


The CPSIA bans the making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and under that contains more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part. It also requires that all children's products undergo periodic testing by independent laboratories approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is responsible for implementing the law.


The CPSC has delayed enforcing key portions of the law until after the end of the year. Unless the CPSIA is changed, the sale of youth-model motorcycles and ATVs will effectively be banned.


Click here to call your Senators today and tell them to support SA 264 that would amend S. 493!


For more information on this CPSIA issues and everything the AMA has done on behalf of youth motorized recreation, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.



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