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Commission halts sale of child-sized products

TRI-COUNTY AREA—While the change in accepted lead levels in products aimed at children was mainly for toys, it has also affected motorcycle dealers in the area.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as of Feb. 10, consumer products meant for children age 12 and under cannot have more than 600 parts per million of lead in any accessible parts. For area motorcycle shops this has meant they had to pull child-sized ATVs and dirt bikes from their floors.
Malcolm Lane, owner of Lane’s Yamaha in Watkins Glen, said they have to wait for Yamaha to do testing on parts before they can sell the two models of youth dirt bikes, TT-R50 and TW 50, they put into storage. The testing is part of the CPSC’s new regulations. According to their Web site, manufacturers have one year to do testing. While no youth ATVs or dirt bikes have been recalled, the CPSC said they may take that step with any product above the lead limits.
Terry’s Small Engine Sales in Dundee sells Polaris brand and had to pull the ATV they had on the floor. Stephanie Berge said Polaris assured them their products complied with the new lead levels, but they too need to do testing.
She added that they cannot order any new pieces as part of the commission’s new rules because those parts may also contain more than the allowed level of lead. Berge explained they do not normally replace external pieces anyway. However, the ban also applies to internal parts. Lane said while they could not replace any internal or paneled pieces, they could still do tune-ups.
According to the CPSC, if someone had knowledge the products they were selling or distributing had above the lead limit, they could be prosecuted. Their Web site also states that the CPSC may accept a manufacturer’s determination that a part containing over the lead limits is sufficiently inaccessible within the product. They list paint, as well as other coatings, and electroplating as insufficient barriers.
“It will affect business,” said Lane.

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