The AP reports that because of the recent lead law passed by Congress, children “will not be able to get dad to buy a miniature version of his motorbike so they can train and maybe compete in the many mini-motorcycle events held in communities around the country. And they’ll be no more purchases so the kids can tool around the backyard or farm with dad or mom on a small-size all-terrain vehicle, unless the family already has one.” State Rep. Ken Luttrell, D-Ponca City, said the ban on ATV’s and small motorbikes “makes no sense.” Other critics say, “The prohibition was originally meant to protect toddlers from putting lead toy parts in their mouths and was never meant to target the motorcycle industry.”
Dealer plans to sell ATVs despite rule. USA Today reports, “Angry with a nationwide ban on sales of youth motorcycles and ATVs over lead concerns, one of the biggest dealers in Southern California plans to sell the child-size vehicles today despite potential criminal penalties.” The California dealer, Malcom Smith “is challenging federal officials to come and get him.” He said, “I’ve never yet seen one child chewing on a motorcycle.”
From the American Association for Justice news release.