Photo: Terry Wha
As of today, the sale of any motorcycle intended for children 12 and under is illegal. This includes both new and used machines, any replacement parts that may contain lead and even any service or warranty work that may replace lead-containing parts. Attempting to sell bikes like Honda's popular CRF50F as anything other than a children's product is also illegal and, as soon as August, could result in fines of up to $15 million.
Honda has issued a helpful FAQ to its dealers explaining the ins and outs of CPSIA and how it affects motorcycles sales. We can't detail the law as well as they can, so we've embedded it above. It should be noted that CPSIA affects all manufacturers of children's motorcycles in addition to many other products.
The whole situation can be summed up by one line in the FAQ:
"Q - Does the lead used in these products pose any health risk?
A - No."
As we've stated before, we're shocked and a little scandalized that the industry hasn't done a better job of calling attention to the impact of CPSIA. The only mainstream media article we've seen in relation to CPSIA and children's motorcycles appeared in The New York Times' Wheels Blog, which first heard of it by reading Hell For Leather.
So what will happen now? Manufacturers and the motorcycle industry will continue to lobby the Children's Product Safety Commission for an exemption, but, by their own admission, this will take at least several months. If you want to help, contact your Congressman.
In case you haven't been following it, click here for the rest of our CPSIA coverage.
Thanks for the tip, Kevin.