The CPSC ban that prevents the sale of ATVs made for kids 12 and under is causing a number of unintended problems, not the least of which is that THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO RIDER TRAINING AVAILABLE for youths.
The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) noted today (May 13, 2009) that trainers and machines no longer are available.
This affects individuals and groups such as the 4-H.
Here’s the problem with this: Kids can’t purchase appropriately sized machines so there is an inclination to ride larger, more powerful, machines designed for adults. And now they can’t even get rider training to help them in this dangerous situation.
The CPSC’s ban stems from the poorly-written Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) enacted last year.
Amendments to the law are needed to clarify the confusing safety issues/enforcement spelled out in the law. JD
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