A Congressional act issued in response to last year's Chinese lead-tainted toys scandal could inadvertently end the sale of children's motorcycles like the popular Honda CRF50F. Honda and other members of the Motorcycle Industry Council are actively working to have such products omitted from the act, but with CPSIA coming into effect on February 10, they may not have time to do so.
This means that, baring action by Congress, the sale, display or promotion of any motorcycle intended primarily for children 12-years-old or younger will have to cease on February 10. This could massively effect dealers who have already invested in stock and advertising.
The letter points at that while Honda's paint contains "little or no lead," CPSIA also bans products that contain 600 parts per million of lead in any of their materials. Alloys used in the construction of motorcycles commonly contain small amounts of lead. CPSIA is intended to prevent the sale of lead containing items that could be ingested by a child. Even though most children we know don't eat motorcycles or ATVs, it fails to distinguish them from, say, a small toy.
Honda and other manufacturers are working to gather official test results of how much lead is in each of their components and, in the long run, could potentially manufacture these models with alternative, lead-free components. But, because the act is retroactive, it applies to the sale of any product.
The MIC and SVIA are lobbying Congress for action.
Thanks for the tip, Kevin.