Congress to Discuss Lead Law Thursday

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The AMA reports that federal lawmakers have scheduled a hearing for Thursday to receive an update on the status of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that banned the sale of kids vehicles and accessories this past February. The AMA is urging all those concerned to contact their federal lawmakers to exempt motorcycles and ATVs from the law.

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold the hearing, titled "Consumer Product Safety Commission Oversight: Current Issues and a Vision for the Future." CPSC Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum will be the only testifier.

According to the AMA, this hearing is the first one sponsored by this subcommittee since the CPSIA passed 13 months ago. “It is important that motorcyclists and ATV riders let Congress know that they are concerned about the lead-content requirements of the CPSIA, and that they want youth-model off-highway vehicles excluded from those requirements,” the association states in a news release.

“Riders should contact their U.S. representatives and let them know how the CPSIA has created a severe and unwarranted disruption to families who ride together responsibly, and a deleterious effect on youth amateur racing. Because the fastest way to permanently address this issue is through legislation, riders should urge their representatives to support H.R. 1587, introduced by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-At Large-Mont.), to exempt youth-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA.”

Motorcycle dealers can find contact information for their elected officials at AmericanMotorcyclist.com. From the homepage, click on "Rights," then "Issues & Legislation," and enter your zip code in the "Find your Officials" box. Additionally, a prewritten e-mail is available for you to send to your representative immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

ATV dealers can do the same by going through the Rapid Response Center on ATVAonline.com.

It is particularly important, the AMA states, to contact members of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. According to the AMA, they are U.S. Reps.:
Bobby Rush (D-Chicago-Tinley Park, Ill.), chairman
Jan Schakowsky (D-Chicago-Des Plaines, Ill.) vice chairwoman
George Radanovich (R-Oakdale-Kerman, Calif.), ranking minority member
Mary Bono Mack (R-Hemet-Blythe, Calif.)
Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento, Calif.)
Henry Waxman (D-Agoura Hills-Westlake Village, Calif.) (ex officio)
Diana DeGette (D-Denver, Colo.)
Kathy Castor (D-Tampa, Fla.)
Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala, Fla.)
John Barrow (D-Springfield-Crawfordville, Ga.)
Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-Marietta-Rome, Ga.)
Bruce Braley (D-Cedar Falls-Dubuque, Iowa)
Ed Whitfield (R-Fulton-Casey, Ky.)
Steve Scalise (R-Hammond-Mandeville, La.)
John Sarbanes, M.D. (D-Baltimore City-Annapolis, Md.)
John Dingell (D-Detroit, Mich.) (ex officio)
Bart Stupak (D-U.P.-Alpena, Mich.)
Lee Terry (R-Omaha, Neb.)
G. K. Butterfield (D-Roanoke Rapids-New Bern, N.C.)
Sue Wilkins Myrick (R-Gastonia-Matthews, N.C.)
Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Plainfield-Asbury Park, N.J.)
Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn-Queens, N.Y.)
Zachary Space (D-Athens-Millersburg, Ohio)
Betty Sutton (D-Lorain-Akron, Ohio)
John Sullivan (R-Bartlesville-Bixby, Okla.)
Tim Murphy (R-Pittsburgh-Greensburg, Pa.)
Joseph R. Pitts (R-Columbia-West Chester, Pa.)
Bart Gordon (D-Robertson-Marshall, Tenn.)
Joe Barton (R-Ennis-Crockett, Texas) (ex officio)
Charles Gonzalez (D-San Antonio-Kirby, Texas)
Gene Green (D-Cloverleaf, Texas)
Jim Matheson (D-St. George-Vernal, Utah)

In July, Dealernews learned through dealers that the major OEMs had given them the green light to sell all youth units except for the 50cc quads made by Kawasaki and Suzuki, as well as Suzuki’s DR-Z70. The vehicles had been relabeled or otherwise “fixed” to make them legal. We have not obtained updates since then, though the DR-Z70 is again being promoted on Suzuki’s consumer website. Both Suzuki and Kawasaki did not respond to our phone messages.