Supercross Stars Urge Action Against the CPSIA Lead Ban

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Two new online videos feature Supercross stars and other industry notables voicing their concern over the ban on certain youth vehicles due to lead content limits mandated by the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.

“I understand what they’re trying to do, but they’re doing it in the wrong way,” James Stewart says in one of the videos. “It’s not saving anyone, it’s hurting everyone.”

The videos feature 12 commentaries, long and short. Posted at www.stopthebannow.com, they’re titled “CPSIA Rider Reactions — Professional Riders, Racers, MX Champions and World Class Athletes Talk About the Impact of CPSIA” and “CPSIA Riders Reach Out — Supercross Stars Urge Action.”

The footage was shot March 21 at the St. Louis Supercross round and was a collaboration among the Motorcycle Industry Council, Feld Entertainment, Monster Energy Supercross and the factory-backed racing teams of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.

Other riders and industry representatives interviewed include Travis Pastrana, Mike Alessi, Davi Millsaps, Nicco Izzi, Andrew Short, Kevin Windham, Ivan Tedesco, Blake Wharton, Jim Holley, Jeff Emig, Tommy Hahn and Broc Hepler.

“All of these pros understand what’s at stake for upcoming riders, their families, thousands of powersports employees, many small businesses and major manufacturers, too,” Paul Vitrano, general counsel for the MIC, said in a press release announcing the videos. “It says a lot that these heroes and so many in the industry are working together and doing everything possible to get this damaging lead law changed.”

The MIC urges its members, dealers and enthusiasts to act now and show their support for S. 608 and H.R. 1587 by contacting their congressional representatives and appropriate committee members via www.stopthebannow.com. MIC statements, press releases, video testimonials, news articles and additional information about the CPSIA can be found on the site.