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BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!
Attention BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

HELP STOP THE FEBRUARY 10TH BAN ON YOUTH OHVS

On February 10, 2009, a new law regulating lead content in certain products will go into effect. This could adversely affect companies that manufacture or distribute youth model all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles. Dealers that sell and service those products would be impacted as well.

The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) have urgently requested the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and federal legislators to take a common sense approach to implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's lead provisions.

SVIA and MIC have announced their intention to join several of their member companies in filing petitions with the CPSC for emergency relief from the provisions. They are also seeking a temporary final rule to exempt ATV and motorcycle parts in order to avoid major disruptions to enthusiasts, to the member companies' businesses, and to the companies' dealer network of thousands of small, independent businesses, which employ tens of thousands of Americans.

BRC is asking all OHV users to contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission and their elected officials today!

Use the following links to send your comments and to contact your Congressional Representatives.
Included below is a sample letter regarding the potential ban of all youth-oriented OHVs, which starts February 10, 2009.

CPSC Comment Page
Send a message to CPSC's Information Center

BRC Rapid Response Center to contact Members of Congress
Rapid Response Center - BlueRibbon Coalition

Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition

PS: BRC needs your support via membership and donations to help us continue our efforts to champion responsible OHV access to public lands. To sign up as a member or to make a donation, https://www.sharetrails.org/secure/join_or_contribute/?c=1

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Sample Letter:

As a member of the OHV community, I want to voice my strong support for petitions filed recently by the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America to seek emergency relief from provisions, which go into effect on February 10, 2009.

While I do support efforts by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect children from lead content in products that truly present a risk to children, I do not believe the Commission intended that metal parts on ATVs and motorcycles be included in that regulation because they do not present a lead risk to children.

As the spring OHV recreation season rapidly approaches, I ask you to support efforts to exclude youth-oriented OHVs - and the businesses that sell and service them - from being unnecessarily impacted by this ban, especially during this economic crisis.

Sincerely,

Your name &
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January 31, 2009
Update KEEP SENDING LETTERS - Only 1/4 Victory Today
The General's (aka Don Amador) Recreation HQ: KEEP SENDING LETTERS - Only 1/4 Victory Today


Some dealers sent me the news early today about a CPSC “reprieve” being a victory. Upon further analysis… it is only ¼ of a victory since the CPSC provided no relief regarding the February 10 ban which prohibits powersports companies from selling youth OHV products with lead content in excess of the limits. The CPSC action only stays the testing and certification requirements for those companies that know their products do not exceed the limits. The General continues to urge his troops to send letters to the CPSC and Congress to grant MIC and Industry petitions regarding this issue.
 

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Saturday, February 7, 2009
So Long Dirt-Bike Kids - Not If We Can Help It!!!

From Blog of Don Amador - The General's (aka Don Amador) Recreation HQ: So Long Dirt-Bike Kids - Not If We Can Help It!!!

An article “So Long, Dirt-Bike Kids” was published recently So Long, Dirt-Bike Kids - Wheels Blog - NYTimes.com

I believe it shows the bias of the so-called “mainstream” media to
target activities that it/they deem unworthy. When I was young,
I was one of those dirt-bike kids. Also, so were my two sons.

My nieces and nephews were dirt-bike kids. My wife’s cousin has
dirt-bike and ATV kids. My nephew’s two sons are dirt-bike kids
too. A lot of this nation’s youth are dirt-bike kids.

I draw your attention to a Wall Street Journal editorial that notes how
dirt-bikes were “highlighted” by the NYT while it failed to mention
how the lead ban impacts everything from ball-point pens to comic books.

WSJ Article
CPSIA chronicles, February 6

Also, ck out article on impacts to dealers
New Law Pulls Youth Dirt Bikes and ATV's Off Showroom Floors

DR Mag on the Issue
Dirt Bikes for kids soon to be illegal | Editorial Blog & Opinions at Dirt Rider Magazine
 

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Also looks Like your going to have a hard time just getting some parts for already sold youth OHVs.


UPDATE Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Continue Fight Against CPSC Ban on Youth OHVs


OHV families and dealers got hit hard on Feb. 10 with a "ban" on the sale of youth OHVs. Many riders and shop owners could not believe that their government would want to put them out of business.


However, don't think your letters and visits to congressional district offices did not matter - they did. A number of congressional members issued strong letters of opposition to the CPSC or introduced legislation such as Sen. Jim DeMint's S.374. Be assured the national OHV groups have this high on their radar screen and will continue efforts as well. They continue to need the grassroots support and effort.


We may have lost round one with the Feb. 10 ban, but we have several more rounds to go. Please continue to make those personal visits to congressional district offices. Also SEND letters to Congress using the BlueRibbon Coalition's


BRC Rapid Response Center (just type in ZIP code and cut and paste letter)

Rapid Response Center - BlueRibbon Coalition

More - The General's (aka Don Amador) Recreation HQ: Continue Fight Against CPSC Ban on Youth OHVs
 

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KEEP UP THE PRESSURE ON THE CPSC AND CONGRESS
February 19th, 2009
Contacts:

Don Amador, BRC Western Representative
Email: [email protected]
Webpage: BlueRibbon Coalition - Staff
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On February 10, 2009, a new law regulating lead content in certain products went into effect. This is adversely affecting companies that manufacture or distribute youth model all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles. Dealers that sell and service those products are being impacted as well.

The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) have urgently requested the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and federal legislators to take a common sense approach to implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's lead provisions.

SVIA and MIC have filed petitions with the CPSC for emergency relief from the provisions. They are also seeking a temporary final rule to exempt ATV and motorcycle parts in order to avoid major disruptions to enthusiasts, to the member companies' businesses, and to the companies' dealer network of thousands of small, independent businesses, which employ tens of thousands of Americans.

BRC is asking all OHV users to continue this contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission and their elected officials today!

Use the following links to send your comments and to contact your Congressional Representatives and the CPSC. Included below is a sample letter regarding the functional ban of all youth-oriented OHVs, which started February 10, 2009.

BRC Letter to CPSC
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/BRC_Letter_to_CPSC_02.19.09_FINAL.pdf

CPSC Comment Page
Send a message to CPSC's Information Center

BRC Rapid Response Center to contact Members of Congress
Rapid Response Center - BlueRibbon Coalition

Missouri State Representative Tom Self
Representative Tom Self | Official Website

Congressional Western Caucus Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/CPSC_Western_Caucus_Letter_Feb_6_20090001.pdf

CPSC NAM Request for Emergency Stay
http://www.sharetrails.org/files/CPSC-NAM-Request-for-Emergency-Stay.pdf

Thanks in advance for your support,
Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition
(925) 625-6287

PS: BRC needs your support via membership and donations to help us continue our efforts to champion responsible OHV access to public lands. To sign up as a member or to make a donation, visit http://www.sharetrails.org/donate

Sample Letter:

As a member of the OHV community, I want to voice my strong support for petitions filed by the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America to seek emergency relief from provisions, which went into effect on February 10, 2009.

While I do support efforts by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect children from lead content in products that truly present a risk to children, I do not believe the Commission intended that metal parts on ATVs and motorcycles be included in that regulation because they do not present a lead risk to children.

As the spring OHV recreation season rapidly approaches and dealers face the prospect of being put out of business, I ask you to support efforts to exclude youth-oriented OHVs from being unnecessarily impacted by this ban.

Sincerely,

Your name &
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Consumer Product Safety Commission may not act on Industry petition for Exemption

A congressional act may be the only way to get the ban of youth ATVs and motorcycles lifted. A new MIC/SVIA website has been created to help solve this issue.

Paul Vitrano, General Counsel for the Motorcycle Industry Council announced a new website called "Stop the Ban" website (Motorcycle Industry Council) for several ways to contact Congress to request relief for the powersports industry. In addition, MIC issued the following regarding the lead ban that has affected business and riders across the nation:

Statement of the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America regarding CPSC Ruling on CPSIA.



At a press conference hosted by Rep. Tom Self of Missouri on March 4, Paul Vitrano, General Counsel, Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) stated that the powersports industry is being severely harmed by the ban on most youth all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles. The ban is a result, unintended or otherwise from the CPSIA legislation and is a very serious concern because of the consequences.

Serious because:

With these ATVs unavailable to families, we may see more kids on adult ATVs. We know this leads to crashes. The CPSC, the ATV industry, consumer groups, safety advocates and parents all agree: It’s critical to keep riders under the age of 16 off of large ATVs designed for adults. The CPSC, consumer advocates and industry have worked for years to get kids onto youth model ATVs, many of which are now not available because of the unintended consequences of this legislation.

In addition, families with smaller dirt bike enthusiasts may be tempted to put young riders on motorcycles that are too large for them. This also raises the risk of injury.

It’s serious because:

The potential losses for the industry are massive – up to $1 billion in retail economic value annually. This at a time when our industry, along with thousands of big and small businesses, are struggling because of the economic downturn. Tens of thousands of small businesses across America have been severely hurt because these vehicles are sitting in warehouses and not on showroom floors. Meanwhile, the sales of goods like protective gear, accessories, and parts and services, are virtually non-existent.

Thanks to the efforts of Tom Self and the thousands of dealers in the industry, the media is starting to report on the obvious, that kids won’t eat or lick their ATVs and motorcycles.

While that is true, it is also important to note that the industry has submitted scientific evidence using the analytical method required by the legislation. This evidence proves that the lead-containing components, parts and accessories of these vehicles – essential for safety or functionality issues – pose no risk of causing measurable increase in blood lead levels in children aged 12 and younger.

Unfortunately the signals from CPSC are not good. CPSC Commissioners voted just last night on procedures for determining exclusions. Based on both Commissioners' interpretations of the law, we are not optimistic that the exclusion for youth model ATVs and dirt bikes will be granted.

Now the industry is caught in the middle of a fight between Congress and the CPSC. Congress gave the CPSC the power to grant merited, common-sense exclusions, such as ATVs and off-highway motorcycles, from the lead standards. We urge the CPSC to grant our requests for exclusions.

If CPSC believes its hands are tied because of the way the legislation was written, Congress needs to amend the law to restore common sense and make exclusions available for youth ATVs and dirt bikes.

These products present no health risk to children. There is no practical reason for our industry to be harmed by an unintended effect of this law. Each day this ban continues compounds the severe hardship on businesses and families, and works against the ATV safety efforts of CPSC, industry and consumer advocates. And it could well contribute to more crashes among young dirt bike riders.

Congress and the CPSC need to end this ban – NOW.
 

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My former neighbor, Bryan, owns ThumperTalk forum. His wife sent me a petition to sign, too, so that's off in the mail.

Just know that if/when ATV use is banned, 4-wheel drive use is not far behind. In some cases, it's wrapped up in the bill designed to close the wilderness.

Someone needs to invite Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein out on a trail run. I'll bet good money neither has ever seen a trail in their lives.

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having seen enough 'youth' brains after ATV accidents that are a cause of lack of supervision and general stupidity...

i have to say keeping kids off of these things isn't a bad idea.
 

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having seen enough 'youth' brains after ATV accidents that are a cause of lack of supervision and general stupidity...

i have to say keeping kids off of these things isn't a bad idea.
Was that with or without a helmet? I'd personally not be thrilled if my kid wanted to ride one. There should be a size minimum requirement depending on the size of the ATV.

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Was that with or without a helmet? I'd personally not be thrilled if my kid wanted to ride one. There should be a size minimum requirement depending on the size of the ATV.

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the ones with a helmet just have their spines broken in several places and some shear damage in the brain.

the ones without helmets have mush for brains and broken spines.
 

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the ones with a helmet just have their spines broken in several places and some shear damage in the brain.

the ones without helmets have mush for brains and broken spines.
Wow. That's just scary.

Make sure their parents sign the donor card...:(

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