Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NO MORE YOUTH ATVS?!?!

In case you did not know, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) went into effect February 10, 2009.
This "act" prohibits the sale of any & all products that contain lead marketed to children 12 & under. Sounds like a good idea, right?
This includes atv's, motorcycles, and most if not all of the parts needed to fix and maintain them.
This "act" is an absolute nightmare in many ways, even if you don't think it effects you, you are very wrong.
Atv, Motorcycle and Utv dealers who, in this economy, are already taking a huge hit, have had to pull ALL youth atv's and motorcycles off the showroom floors. The have had to empty their shelves of ALL parts & accessories to repair, service, and improve these machines.
Any idea how much revenue these products produce, especially during the Christmas season?
How are we, the dealers going to survive?
If you already own a "youth bike", at this point in time, you cannot buy a part to fix your machine. How's that make you feel?
Imagine how you're going to feel when "junior" sees you loading your bike Saturday morning to go riding, and you tell him "you have to stay home". Think about THAT for a minute!
What about the families at the race track every weekend, cheering the kids on as they go around the track, gaining experience, not only in riding, but in sportsmanship & camaraderie?
Now we're going to see "junior" on a machine that is WAY to big, not designed for them, and a whole lot more injuries to our kids.
Does that sound safe to you? All this because the CPSIA is afraid your kid is going to lick, eat, slurp, gulp swallow, taste or ingest his bike, or the parts on them. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!?
And there is nothing you can do about it, or is there?
First off, all the manufactures, race promoters and organizations are doing all they can to overturn this, and it's going to be tough to do.
It can't be done without the "power of the people". That means you.
Contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at http://www.csps.gov/, let them know how displeased you are, how much you disagree with this act, and urge them to exclude the youth atv's & motorcycles.
Preserve our kids favorite sport, and your family's weekend outing.
Don't think about, do it. Yea, it'll take a few minutes out of your day, but it's going to give you and your kids a lifetime of memories.
It effects us all my friends.

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