MIC Delivers to Congress Letters Urging End to Lead Ban


MIC representatives last week delivered to Congress nearly 4,000 letters signed by industry members who have had their livelihoods impacted by the lead provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The letters were signed and collected at Dealer Expo. "Our Industry has a voice and we believe Congress is hearing us loud and clear,” MIC chairman Larry Little said in a news release. “The timing of the show couldn't have been better given the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recent recommendations."

In a Jan. 15 report to Congress, the CPSC requested flexibility to grant exclusions from the lead content limit to address certain products, including youth vehicles.

The MIC's general counsel, Paul Vitrano, said, "We are headed in the right direction, but we still need to have our voice heard. We encourage every rider and everyone in the industry to weigh in. The expo in Indianapolis was a great kickoff, but there are still opportunities to urge Congress to stop the ban."

The MIC delivered the letters to Chairman Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member Hutchison (R-TX) of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and to Chairman Waxman (D-CA) and Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX) of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees.

Duane Taylor is the MIC’s director of federal affairs. "It is important,” he said, “that the committees that have jurisdiction over this issue, and who will be important players in any ultimate resolution, have a real understanding of how many people from their states, districts and across America are impacted by the ban.”

According to the MIC, youth quads and dirtbikes should be excluded from the CPSIA's lead content provisions for three key reasons:

  1. The lead content poses no risk to kids. Experts estimate that the lead intake from kids' interaction with metal parts is less than the lead intake from drinking a glass of water.
  2. The key to keeping youth safe is having them ride the right-size vehicle. Kids are now at risk because the availability of youth ATVs and motorcycles is limited due to the lead ban.
  3. The lead ban hurts the economy for no good reason when everyone is trying to grow the economy and create jobs. The MIC estimates that a complete ban on youth model vehicles would result in about $1 billion in lost economic value in the retail marketplace every year.

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Posted by Arlo Redwine