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MIC supporting lead law flexibility

January 20, 2010
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The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) is supporting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recommendation to Congress to give the agency more flexibility to grant exclusions from the lead content limit to address certain products.

The commission requested this flexibility in its Jan. 15 report to Congress, according to a MIC press release.

“We are encouraged that the consensus report of all five commissioners specifically mentions ATVs and dirt bikes, recognizing the dangers to riders caused by the current ban on youth motorcycles and ATVs,” said Paul Vitrano, MIC’s general counsel.

“It is clear that the CPSC strongly believes that the ban on youth model ATVs and motorcycles needs to end,” Vitrano said.  “MIC calls on Congress to draft legislation as soon as possible to either grant a categorical exemption for these products, as provided by H.R. 1587, a pending bill with 55 bipartisan co-sponsors, or to give the CPSC the flexibility to do so.”

Vitrano noted it will again be critical for enthusiasts and industry to mount a massive grassroots effort targeting Congress to advocate for one of these amendments to the CPSIA. In the coming days, MIC will be launching advocacy campaigns through www.stopthebannow.com.

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