Dirt Bikes Banned For Lead

By: News 10
By: News 10
Your little one

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.


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  • by brian Location: neosho on Mar 20, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    yeah it has never came up wit me and my dad not to lick the battery or chew on the brake cables i think it will never come up at all or my kids or my grand kids this is the stupids thing ever and it all comon since not to do this
  • by Brian Location: Michigan on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    I think that this is BS...I have been riding since I was 4 as well as my siblings..I will be damned if my 6 month old son doesn't get to enjoy the sport even If I have to build the bike myself
  • by ATV Rider Location: Onondaga on Feb 17, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    Let the kids have their scooters and atv's. Come on how many kids do you see out on the trails biting their fenders and battery terminals. That law was meant for little toys and bottles not for motorcycles and quads. Another case of the govenment going too far yet again. Let the parents decide if they want their kids to ride or not!!!!
  • by Colleen Location: Onondaga on Feb 17, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    I was a little upset on your coverage of the atv motorcycle ban on last nights news. You only showed footage of kids that were not riding appropriately, thus portraying a bad image of youth on atvs. where was the coverage of families riding together on the trails, on their own properties? By showing the footage you did, no wonder people have a bad taste in their mouth when they think of a 3 year old on a dirt bike. I happen to ride with a child that is two and rides a little pw50 with training wheels and the footage you showed was a disgrace to how he rides. It would be great in the future if you could show more responsible riders on your footage, how can we beat this lead ban if you only show the negatives....
  • by Anonymous Location: HILLSDALE, MI on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    I work for Cobra Motorcycles Mfg., and that is all we make bikes for. KIDS!! Why / how did the gov't miss this one.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    For those of you who can see the handwriting on the wall, it is time to buy a thousand rounds for every weapon you own. They are next going to try to disarm this nation and "lead" is one of the excuses they will use. You can have a rifle, shotgun, pistol or revolver but with no ammo, and ammunition off the market, your gun may be useless. Their admitted plan is to combine Mexico, America and Canada into "The North American Union". Wonder why those in Washington don't guard our borders. They see no use in that since they want the three countrys combined just as Europe established the European Union against the will of it's people! But in order for our government to accomplish it here they need to disarm us first! It's on their to do list. The drive towards a new world order continues.For those who are not aware of this, wake up, do some research. You will be unpleasantly surprised!!
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Feb 16, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    I agree with you St. James How much more are we going to take.Its time to stand up for your rights take back our nation from these control freeks
  • by Jason Location: brooklyn mich 49230 on Feb 16, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    hi i saw the new and i was asking my self and i have to hodas 300 one is a 4 4 and one is a 2 4 is it this one to please let me know think s my e mail is downtown992001@yahoo.com think again
  • by Art Location: Concord on Feb 16, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    Isn't it time we just say "hell no" and let those in power know we are not going to let them rule every minute of our lives? Time for a little civil disobediance! Wake up America
  • by cadd15yr Location: lansing on Feb 16, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    More government BS like someone said are they putting the ATV's in there mouth
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