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Industry group back lead law changes

April 29, 2010
Filed under Features

A Congressional committee heard retail and manufacturing groups support a bill that aims to amend a law that has affected the availability of youth ATVs and motorcycles.

One of the groups supporting the House bill, called the Consumer Product Safety Enhancement Act, was the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).

The bill seeks to address unintended consequences of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which received bipartisan support for its ability to end the use of lead in toys and other youth-designed products.

Paul Vitrano, the MIC’s general counsel, testified at Thursday’s hearing in Washington, D.C., saying the nonprofit trade group supports the legislation that would amend the safety improvement act. “We also would welcome additional explicit guidance to (the Consumer Product Safety Commission) to grant exceptions for youth ATVs and motorcycles,” Vitrano said in his prepared remarks to the House’s subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection.

The legislation seeks to provide regulatory flexibility for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to exempt certain products or materials from the lead limits established in the new law as well as provide alternative testing requirements for small manufacturers.

For more on the Congressional hearing, see an upcoming edition of Powersports Business.

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