Young Motocross Racer --- Image by � moodboard/Corbis
Your little one's dreams of becoming a motocross racer could be over.
That's because dirt bikes and ATV's for kids 12 and under are included in that new law banning toys with lead.
These off-road machines have lead in their parts, greater than what's allowed--- and that's forcing dealers to pull them off showroom floors.
Nearly 100,000 of the bikes-- popular for trails, backyards and motocross tracks-- sold last year for $1,500 or more, according to industry estimates. The ban, not yet permanent, is a blow to motocross racers of any age who want a small bike and now won't be able to get new equipment or repair what they have.
Congress tightened lead limits on children's products last summer after a series of discoveries of dangerous lead levels in toys. The rule took partial effect last week when a judge nixed a 12-month reprieve while the Consumer Product Safety Commission finalizes them.
Dealers worry the ban will push kids toward larger, more powerful models and will discourage families from introducing young riders to the sport.
Makers of dirt bikes and motocross equipment are seeking an exemption for their products, but the federal consumer agency is still reviewing the request.