House Bill to
Overturn Ban on Youth ATVs and Dirt Bikes
Weigh in to Have Your Voice Heard!
Youth sized ATVs and dirt bikes are still
banned. We need your help to continue to
build enough pressure to get the ban overturned.
It is unlikely that the Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) will act to approve the
Motorcycle Industry Council's petition to grant
regulatory relief. This means we need
Congress to act.
Representatives Rehberg (R-MT), Burgess
(R-TX), Pomeroy (D-ND) and Simpson (R-ID) have
introduced legislation that will stop the ban.
Please click the Take Action button below to
urge your Representative and Members of the
House Energy and Commerce Committee to support
and cosponsor H.R. 1587.
ARRA members have responded in huge numbers
on this issue already, but it is important that
you continue to have your voice heard.
After you weigh in, please use the
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Send a letter to the following decision
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Please Cosponsor H.R. 1587
I'm writing today as a citizen who enjoys
riding ATVs / dirt bikes. I urge you to
co-sponsor and support H.R. 1587 which will
exempt youth model all-terrain vehicles and
off-highway motorcycles from the lead content
provisions of the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act (CPSIA).
Although the powersports industry has
demonstrated that the lead content in the metal
parts of ATVs and dirt bikes pose no risk to
children's health, the Consumer Product Safety
Commission's (CPSC) recent approval of a final
rule imposing strict standards for excluding
products from the new lead content limits makes
clear that CPSC will not provide relief for
youth model ATVs or dirt bikes. Congress needs
to step in and make immediate amendments to the
CPSIA to ensure that reasonable exclusions can
be made for these products, which are piling up
in stores and dealerships across the country,
needlessly resulting in millions of dollars in
lost sales and costs at a time when our economy
and these small businesses can least afford it.
But the unintended consequences of this ban
go way beyond the business and financial
ramifications - it affects me personally, and it
affects family and friends who ride with their
children, because it destroys the chance for
families to enjoy these outdoor recreational
activities together. AND it poses a potentially
huge safety risk if, as an alternative to having
the kid-sized vehicles available, parents opt to
put their kids on larger, adult-sized vehicles.
PLUS, there is mass confusion. Should kids who
race in off-road competitions even go to events?
Will parents be able to buy critical replacement
parts for their kids' ATVs or dirt bikes, like
brake pieces or valve stems? Everyone suffers:
dealers, manufacturers, aftermarket, motocross
event operators, and especially families with
children who are being denied their right to
ride. And ride safely.
When the new lead standard took effect on
February 10, 2009, youth models of ATVs and dirt
bikes designed and intended primarily for
children 6 to 12 years of age became classified
as banned hazardous substances and dealerships
in our area were forced to remove these
perfectly good products from showrooms.
Components in youth model ATVs and dirt bikes
that contain small quantities of lead such as
valve stems on tires, aluminum in some brake
components, and terminals on batteries, do so to
address safety (such as machining the deep
grooves on tire valves to assure tire air
retention) or for functionality (such as the
lead in battery terminals, needed to conduct
The sad irony is that these youth models were
created with the support of the CPSC and
consumer advocates to give children a safer
alternative to larger, faster adult size models.
These long-term efforts to promote child safety
are now seriously jeopardized. In addition,
youth rider training to encourage the safe and
responsible use of ATVs and dirt bikes is
jeopardized because new youth models and parts
and accessories for them are no longer
available. As an ATV / dirt bike rider, and one
who has respected the law and encouraged
responsible riding, I find this to be
unacceptable. The lead in those vehicles does
not pose a risk to children 's health. Congress
needs to stop this ban - NOW.
I respectfully ask that you co-sponsor and
support H.R. 1587 so youth ATVs and dirt bikes
again will be available for sale and safe and
About BlueRibbon Coalition
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national
recreation group that champions responsible
recreation, and encourages individual
environmental stewardship. It represents over
10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization
and business members, for a combined total of
over 600,000 recreationists nationwide.