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 Motorcycle Industry Council


The Motorcycle Industry Council, Inc, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Coalition for Safe and Responsible ATV Use are disappointed that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted today to reject the petition that our industry submitted for an exclusion for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles from the lead content limits found in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Both Commissioners have proposed a stay of enforcement, acknowledging that the current ban on youth model ATVs and motorcycles means larger and faster adult-size vehicles become likely alternatives for children 12 years of age and younger that as Acting Chairman Nord stated, “increas[e] their risk of injury or death.” Commissioner Moore stated, "There are compelling safety arguments that justify a stay of enforcement."

While we are pleased that both Commissioners recognize the importance of ending the ban on youth model vehicles, we need to review the actual text of the proposed stay. It is also important to note that, even if a stay of enforcement can be implemented by the CPSC, this is not a solution and would only be a temporary reprieve as to the agency's enforcement of the ban. It would not apply to state Attorney Generals or address other unintended consequences of the lead ban.

With today's vote, it is now obvious that the only permanent solution is for Congress to end the ban once and for all by amending the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) so parents once again have access to appropriate-sized youth model ATVs and motorcycles for their children.

Since 1983, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America® has promoted the safe and responsible use of All-Terrain Vehicles through rider training programs, public awareness campaigns, and state legislation. The SVIA also serves as a resource for ATV research, statistics, and vehicle standards. The SVIA, based in Irvine, Calif., is a not-for-profit trade association sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, Polaris, Suzuki, Tomberlin, Tomoto and Yamaha. For membership information, call (949) 727-3727. For safety information or to enroll in the ATV RiderCourse nearest you, visit and click on "Online Enrollment" or call (800) 887-2887.

The Motorcycle Industry Council is a not-for-profit, national trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as publishing companies, advertising agencies, insurance firms and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office adjacent to Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914.

The Coalition for Safe and Responsible ATV Use is comprised of American Honda Motor Co., America Suzuki Motor Corporation, Arctic Cat Inc., Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., Polaris Industries, Inc. and Yamaha Motor Corporation.

Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
George Felcyn, 202-828-1715

Motorcycle Industry Council
Media Relations
949-727-4211, ext. 3027

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