You’ll have to pry my kid’s motorcyle out of his cold, dead hands
Motorcyclists are in a bit of a froth upon discovering that a child toy safety law passed last year by Congress applies to kid-size (ages 12 and under) motorcycles and ATVs. Was the government’s problem that maybe kids shouldn’t ride motorcycles or ATVs in the first place? Nope. The problem was the lead content of the bikes. From Cycle News, with the understated headline, “Stop The Insanity: Updated/The Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 Could Be Devastating To All”:
Youth off-highway vehicles are children’s toys, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reasons. Which means they fall under the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) and, according to section 101(a) of that enacted legislation, all youth products containing lead must have less than 600 parts per million (ppm) by weight. And the CPSC has interpreted the law to apply to various components of youth OHVs – including the engine, brakes, suspension, battery and other mechanical parts. Even though the lead levels in these parts are small, they are still above the minimum threshold.
And therein lies the problem. Effectively, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 has banned the sale of kid’s motorcycles and ATVs – and it all went into effect … February 10. And the ban also includes parts, thereby affecting motorcyclists like Hawkins and the entire motorcycle industry.
The AMA and every other association, manufacturer, race promoter and aftermarket manufacturer with a vested interest in this is calling now for motorcyclists to help – a call for action, so to speak, to try and put a stop to the insanity of the CPSIA.
“The unavailability of youth OHVs will devastate family OHV recreation and cripple amateur competition, creating a domino effect across all aspects of motorized recreation,” said AMA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland in an AMA press release. “All motorcyclists, whether they recreate off-road or not, need to come to the defense of our youngest riders and help ensure the future availability of youth OHVs.”
Get the lead out, kid! No, really, get the lead out.
Cycle News implores readers to funnel their complaints through Congressman Tom Self of Missouri, whose kids raise motorcycles. Which is all well and good, except Self isn’t a Congressman — he’s a state representative. Still, he’s doing what he can, having outraged cycle fans sign an online petition, and sending a letter to the CPSC.
But what the movement really needs is some great bumper stickers, like the classic “Helmet Laws Suck.” So how about:
— Lead laws suck!
— If kid motorcycles are outlawed, only outlaw kids will have motorcycles.
— If you take my kid’s bike away, you’ll meet my two friends: Harley and Davidson.
And, of course, the above headline.