Texas lawmaker wants ATVs, dirt bikes exempted from child-safety act

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, and three other lawmakers have filed a bill to exempt dirt bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles for children 12 and under from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a 2008 law designed to protect kids from lead exposure.

Since the law went into effect, sales of these vehicles, along with repair parts such as brake parts, have been put on hold because they might contain more lead than allowed.

"Unfortunately, the law’s definition of 'children’s products’ has been too broadly interpreted," Burgess said. "I do not believe this was the original intent of Congress, and this legislation would fix what I believe is an unintended punishment."

Young riders, parents, dealers and motocross owners are among those affected by the law Congress passed last year that was intended to protect children from lead-filled toys such as those made in China that were recalled in 2007.

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