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Call to Action from MX Sports

Thursday, February 12, 2009
MX Sports
Yesterday, a law went into effect prohibiting the sale of minicycles to children under the age of 13 as a result of the lead content in the machines (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Title I, Section 101). This law, which arguably applies to both motorcycles and ATVs, treats any children's product that contains more lead than the limit established by law as a banned hazardous substance.

We have already begun to experience the devastating consequences of this new legislation upon our sport, as OEMs have already pulled these machines from their showroom floors. Youth racing is the foundation of our sport. That is when most of you fell in love with motorcycles in the first place, only to grow up to bring your own kids back to the racetracks. Only now, they can't ride.

On behalf of MX Sports (Loretta Lynn's), Racer Productions (GNCC), and ATVPG (ATV Amateur Nationals), we are extremely concerned with the short- and long-range effects of this new legislation, as the first rounds in all of our various series are less than two weeks away, and all include classes for youth racers under the age of 13. But it's not just our events - WORCS, NMA, Mini Os, SETRA, etc., are all adversely impacted.

It is our opinion that the new law is inapplicable to off-highway motorsports, as neither motorcycles nor ATVs have the potential for ingestion, and lead from motorcycles is not likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream or present a health hazard. Let's face it - when was the last time someone swallowed a motorcycle? Any other interpretation would be silly. Be that as it may, the law will continue to adversely affect our industry unless and until an exemption is granted.

Presently, there is a petition for an immediate temporary exemption pending before the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") filed by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) on behalf of the OEMs, distributors, and industry associations. This petition, if granted, would enable our industry to move forward this racing season while the applicability of the law to the off-highway industry is determined.

What can you do?

A form letter for submission to the CPSC in support of the petition for exemption is available here as prepared by the MIC. The letter will also be available this weekend at the Indy tradeshow. Simply print out one copy for each person in your family and submit it ASAP. In the meantime, AMA is preparing a letter for submission by its membership to the CPSC. Be on the lookout for that one as well.

Also, an electronic form letter has been prepared by State Representative Tom Self of Missouri. Please go his website at www.tomself.com. Just fill in your name and address and hit "Submit" to register your support. Please submit this letter on behalf of every member of your family - regardless of age.

What else can you do?

Contact your congressmen and senators; let them know that this legislation will have the unintended consequences of crippling an entire industry. Surely, it could not have been the spirit or intent of the new law to apply to motorcycles or bicycles (which apparently have lead in the brake cables).

Time is of the essence. The very future of our sport and of our industry depends on this. We must support the pending petition before the commencement of the national racing season.

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Rider Trav -Ridiculous Law!!!!!!!  February 27, 2009 11:49 AM
I have road mx bikes since I was 4 years old and of all the tracks I've been at and road, NOT one time did I ever think about sucking, licking or kissing my motorcycle. Give Kids more credit then that. This lead rule should be for babies and their toys. DIRT RIDERS are NOT BABIES!!!! Do something constructive with your power in Congress and Senate..
Melissa Schuurmans -New law is going to have serious repercussions!  February 19, 2009 06:33 PM
I agree with what has already been posted here and hope that some of our (I say this loosely)esteemed congressmen realize that this is just another blow to a already failing economy! Maybe we can get some of this stimulus money like the NASCAR owners or arrow makers did! My son has been racing since he was four years old and has been hurt worse on his bicycle, skateboard and scooter, worse than he EVER has been on his dirtbike! The reason... he doesn't wear- a neckbrace, chest protector, knee pads, approved boots and helmets, when he is riding these other wheeled toys. So is congress going to outlaw these recreations as well? Unfortunatly the nuckleheads that ruin it for the rest of us are the ones that choose to put their child out there without the protective gear! This new law is rediculous! By the way.... My son has never swallowed or sucked on his motorcycle or any part of his bikes and therefore is not in any danger of lead poisoning!!!!! Support your local AMA in fighting this rediculous law!!!!!!
Tara-CA -Wording  February 14, 2009 08:49 PM
Yesterday, a law went into effect prohibiting the sale of minicycles to children under the age of 13 as a result of the lead content in the machines (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Title I, Section 101). So don't sell them to children under the age of 13- Let the parent buy them!
Ben Miller -this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of  February 12, 2009 07:37 PM
I thought my wife was joking when she told me about this. Maybe we should just put the bikes away, sit in front of the T.V. and eat Big Macs.
wayne fife -dirt bike legal isssues  February 12, 2009 07:11 PM
here we are in a big recession and we have government in the middle of our lively hood again how how many jobs will this take away and what about our freedoms how much will the government pay to bailout this industry more unemployment because no more clothing protective gear parts boots helments goggles for kids will be manufactured so will have to bail them out too' It's about time we the people take charge and elect someone that is for the people come on america lets wake up I want my kids to have the fun i did when i was going up and i managed to survive the lead from my motorbike of course i was sucking on it either a concerned citizen