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Author Topic: Ban of motorcycles and ATVs for kids.  (Read 2526 times)
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« on: February 17, 2009, 06:11:36 PM »

Has anyone else heard of this. If you go to Yamaha, Honda, Honda, etc websites, it either doesnt have them or says temporarily unavailable for sale. It supposedly has to do with lead content in them. Bunch of bull sh*t if you ask me.

http://www.racerxonline.com/article/call-to-action.aspx

http://www.racerxonline.com/article/urgent-consumer-safety-commission-waiver.aspx

http://www.racerxonline.com/article/urgent-a-call-to-action-from-mx-sports.aspx

I guess its not illegal for them to ride the bikes but its illegal to sell them for individuals and businesses too. Thats how I understand it.
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009, 07:01:04 PM »

Join the ARRA, they'll send you email notifications of these issues and even draft your letters to congressman for you. All you'll have to do is click and the letters are sent for you.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009, 07:24:50 PM »

We had to pull them all off the showroom floor until they are approved by the government. It is crazy the laws they have.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009, 09:52:03 PM »

This is going to be overturned...

http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/Dealer+Expo+2009+--+Sunday/CPSC-Approves-Sale-of-Units-for-12--to-15-year-old/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/581617?contextCategoryId=47749
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2009, 05:18:29 PM »

We can no longer sell them or get most parts for them. Been having issues all day long filling in regular customer about it. Its a huge headache to say the least, not to mention a bit extreme.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2009, 01:17:13 PM »

I just wanted to let everyone know that this ban is also effecting adult motorcycles and ATVs. I was following up on some orders this morning and noticed the issue. Some of the adult motorcycles use some of the same parts as the youth ones. Because the part numbers are the same we still cant order the part.  Bang Head
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2009, 02:22:22 PM »

Heres a news story in today's Gainesville Sun

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090224/ARTICLES/902241009/1002?Title=Kiddie-ATVs-pulled

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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2009, 03:25:02 PM »

$1 Billion In Losses!

The MIC says that's what the lead issue could cost the industry.

The following is from the MIC...

The new lead rules that have banned the sales of many youth all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles could lead to $1 billion in lost economic value in 2009 for the industry, predicts the Motorcycle Industry Council.

The projected loss is based on 2008 estimated value of the retail marketplace for ATVs and off-highway motorcycles and factors out vehicles and related economic value not included as part of the ban. MIC projects that the estimated value of the retail marketplace related to all youth ATVs and off-highway motorcycles exceeds $1.5 billion, but the ban applies only to products that are intended primarily for youth aged 12 and under. Powersports companies have stopped selling affected youth products with lead content in excess of the limits identified in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that went into force February 10.

"The potential losses for the powersports industry are massive at a time when this country cannot afford additional economic losses," said Paul Vitrano, general counsel for MIC and SVIA. "With these vehicles sitting in warehouses instead of on showroom floors, the related sales of most protective gear, accessories, and parts and services are virtually non-existent. Thousands of small businesses across America are impacted by this ban."

Dealers from every corner of the country and other concerned individuals have sent more than 100,000 letters to the U.S. Congress urging support for exclusions from the act for powersports vehicles, parts and accessories. MIC and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America have spearheaded the massive letter-writing campaign, along with Rep. Tom Self of Missouri, the American Motorcyclist Association, The BlueRibbon Coalition, and Americans for Responsible Recreational Access. MIC's website (MIC.ORG) contains background and updated information about this serious issue facing the powersports industry and has links to tools to contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Congress to express support for industry's requests for relief.

Those calling for the exclusions believe that the lead-content provisions of the act, which originally were aimed at toys that can be mouthed by children, were never intended to apply to youth ATVs and motorcycles. Most of the components making up youth powersports products are in compliance. But some parts, that youth would not ingest, unavoidably contain small quantities of lead in excess of the CPSIA limits, such as the valve stems on the tires, aluminum in some brake components, and the terminals on the batteries.

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. It is a not-for-profit, national trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as publishing companies, advertising agencies, insurance firms and consultants. The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office adjacent to Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2009, 03:52:56 PM »

I have put a e-mail up at this link that I received.  Check it out and sign the letter and send it off.

http://s3.excoboard.com/exco/thread.php?forumid=67369&threadid=581031
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2009, 08:04:57 PM »

Thank you for responding so quickly last week when ARRA wrote asking you to send a letter to your Members of Congress about a common-sense exclusion to the new lead restrictions imposed by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. 

So far we have generated over 10,000 letters to Congress, but we need more help!  Please use ARRA’s Tell-A-Friend e-postcards and ask your friends, family and co-riders to write to Congress today.

As we all know, children do not eat, lick or mouth ATV or OHM parts.  ATVs and OHMs should be granted an exclusion because the lead-containing components pose no risk of causing an increase in blood lead levels in children.  Congress even included a common-sense exclusion from the new lead restrictions and we need Congress to urge the Consumer Product Safety Commission to grant this common sense exclusion.

You can help spread the word. http://www.arra-access.com/arra/about.html



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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2009, 10:14:27 PM »

thanks for the links and the help guys. ive sent a crap load of letters through various websites. hopefully it gets overturned soon.
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2009, 10:17:54 PM »

I talked to NMI, the company I go through for our event insurance.  Everyone in the industry is working on this very diligently.  He said maybe 3 - 4 weeks but could be longer.
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