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CPSC Lead Ban Extends to Snowmobiles

Monday, March 9, 2009
Despite calls for Congressional hearings (http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/?alert=951) the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is refusing to lift the ban on children's off highway vehicles.

CPSC Commissioners voted late last week on procedures for determining exclusions. Based on that vote, BRC is not optimistic that the exclusion for youth model ATVs and dirt bikes will be granted anytime soon. Indeed, the bureaucrats at the CPSC have emphasized that their ban includes children's snowmobiles!

If you have already sent a letter to Congress and the CPSC, we want to thank you. Thanks to your many letters, phone calls, protests, and emails, the media has been reporting the obvious - that kids don't eat their ATVs and motorcycles!
The BlueRibbon Coalition is asking its members to redouble their efforts to fight the ban on youth OHVs. We are asking that folks follow up with another letter or email. We are also asking our members to forward this information to their friends and family.

The potential losses for the industry and local dealers are massive - up to $1 billion in retail economic value annually.
BRC asks you to join the efforts of the Western Caucus, Congressman Mike Simpson, Congressman Duncan Hunter, State Senator Tom Self, MIC/SVIA, and others to "encourage" the CPSC to do the right thing and grant existing petitions for a stay.

MIC's "Stop the Ban" Letter Generator and Info Site: 
http://www.mic.org/stoptheban.cfm

BRC's News Release with Link to Congressman Simpson's Letter to Chairman Waxman 
http://www.sharetrails.org/releases/media/?story=636

Congressman Duncan Hunter's Letter to CPSC
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/CPSC_Cong_Hunter_March_2_Letter.pdf

Western Caucus Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/CPSC_Western_Caucus_Letter_Feb_6_20090001.pdf

State Representative Tom Self's Website 
http://www.tomself.com/

Thanks for sending these new letters and for your continued effort on this issue.

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Comments
anthony G -reply  March 28, 2009 09:10 AM
As a matter of fact if you havent read the california state standerds we have to reseach and write essays on subjects that are of no interst to many student.
Mike H -CPSC  March 26, 2009 04:13 PM
IRT Anthony, It has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives, IF you can read and do research (I doubt a 14 year old can) you would know that THE law was inniated and signed by your beloved Pres G W BUSH, during his administration. but its not a political issue, but more a social stigma that the government is "obliged" to intervene on, within our democratic society. BUT seriously, it is a problem we have been fighting for 30+ years. Its just the latest in the CPSC attempt to protect us from ourselves. You would not believe where and how I used to ride when I was 14, (nearly 40 years ago) those areas are now totally closed off and routinely patrolled. It was by todays standards "paradise" Fight the fight, contact your elected officials, but dont blame "them" because its really "us" All of US, and we have to change it with the right message.....
Anthony Gunlund -Response to lead in motor cycles  March 25, 2009 04:52 PM
All the F***** liberals want is to rid all people out of fun so all we can do is work and pay our taxes! Ok honestly do you think people with any sence are going to let their child lick the hadle bars and inside the engine. If the want to do somthing pass a law to hold the people acountable fot their children. when purchasing a part or buying a new off road vehicle signe a paper that gose with the registration of the vehicle that states that the owner of the vehicle is responsible for the lead that may be in the bike. I am 14 years old and have riden motor cycles since i was old enough (about4 1/2) to push the throtle in on my sizuki 80 quad. Now i own a honda xrf 150 and have lived to plee my case. So of some dumb liberal is trying to stop motor cycle riding and earn a a cople bucks under the table they need to fine a side job!
Frank De Simone -if your child eats motorcycles . . . you may have more to worry about than lead  March 22, 2009 07:54 PM
I saw today, at Toy's R Us, batteries for kids "ride-in/on" toys that were marked as containing lead but were still for sale. WHat is going on? Kids bicycles must have many of the same lead problems as motorcycles and they seeem to be on the shelves . . . Are we sheep?
Tim B -Congrats!  March 10, 2009 07:37 PM
It's good to know that the CPSC is going after the real killers - minute amounts of lead in ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. Forget all the contaminated food, cribs, clothing, and chew toys that China is sending to our kids. Yep, it's no big deal if a kid chews lead paint off of his new doll or action figure. Our goverment is so @#$%ed up!!!
Crystal -The Ever So Brillant Lead Ban  March 9, 2009 08:43 PM
Where's Sarah Palin when you need her?