Archive for February 17th, 2009

Grassroots Efforts Aim at CPSC, Congress

February 17, 2009

Websites Send Thousands of Emails to Congress
MIC/SVIA CPSC Letter Campaign Generates Strong Response

The recent letter writing campaign pushed by trade groups to change the ban on kid’s ATVs and dirt bikes  found a ready group of exhibitors and attendees at last weekend’s huge Dealer Expo, the motorcycle industry’s annual B2B equipment show in Indianapolis.

And a website launched by a Missouri state representative has generated tens of thousands of emails to congress in only a few days.

Officials at the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), a trade group located in Irvine, Calif., collected nearly 4,400 signed letters at the Dealer Expo last weekend in support of exclusions under the law for the powersports industry by the end of the four-day show Monday afternoon.  MIC representatives plan to deliver these letters to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this week and send copies to Congressional leaders to urge their support for MIC/SVIA’s request for exclusions. The SVIA (Specialty Vehicle Institute of America) is a trade group representing manufacturers of off-road equipment.

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CPSC Approves Sale of Units for Youths, 12-15

February 17, 2009

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Saturday it has heard the concerns of the motorcycle and ATV industries and riders and is taking action to meet their needs.

The agency is charged with implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that was signed by President Bush last August. The law limits the amounts of lead in paint and materials contained in products designed primarily for youth age 12 and under.

Effective Feb. 10, 2009, any products for children that did not meet the requirements specified in the law could not be sold. These items include ATVs, dirt bikes, apparel, and related parts and accessories for these items.

Now, the agency has decided that machines designated for youths 12-15, formerly the Y12 category, are not prohibited under the CPSIA and can be sold, an agency representative told Dealernews magazine.

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CPSC Blocks MIC Lead Content Petition

February 17, 2009

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has denied the motorcycle industry’s request for temporary relief from the lead content rule covering children’s toys that became effective Feb. 10, 2009, saying it didn’t have authority to grant that relief.

The petitions filed by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) sought temporary exclusions that would have provided an opportunity for powersports companies to clear out inventories that do not meet the new standards.  The CPSC now will consider the MIC/SVIA submissions as it finalizes its rule-making for granting permanent exclusions (more…)