Federal lawmakers seek delay in enforcement of lead law

Federal lawmakers seek delay in enforcement of lead law

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More than a dozen federal lawmakers are asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to delay enforcement of the so-called lead law that effectively bans the sale of kid-sized dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles.

More than a dozen federal lawmakers are asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to delay enforcement of the so-called lead law that effectively bans the sale of kid-sized dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the AMA reports. 

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) drafted the letter and circulated it for other lawmakers to sign before sending it to the CPSC.

The CPSC — charged with carrying out the law known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 — has already postponed enforcement of a key portion of the law until May 1. The lawmakers want the federal agency to delay the enforcement even longer so that the current Congress can tackle the issue.

“It’s clear the Consumer Product Safety Commission overstepped the intent of the law,” said Rehberg. “The original legislation Congress passed was meant to keep kids safe from lead content in toys. Ironically, the overreaching enforcement puts kids at risk by forcing them to use larger, more dangerous machines that are intended only for adults. An extension of the current stay will provide the necessary time for Congress to fix this problem once and for all.”

Read American Motorcycle Association Press Release

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