Mini Bike Ban - Thanks to the new federal law that went into effect last week, many mini bikes and ATVs have been removed from sales floors. The mini bike ban that includes ATVs as well is a result of the new law passed that limits the amount of lead contained in products aimed at children 12 and under.
The new MiniBike Ban has consumers and lawmakers in an uproar for obvious reasons. The Star Tribune reported: “Last year, more than 100,000 of the youth-oriented vehicles were sold. Industry experts estimate that 13,000 dealers nationwide might be stuck holding $100 million in inventory because the vehicles contain lead levels greater than allowed under the law.”
Is a mini bike ban necessary to keep children from ingesting lead? Certainly a young child could eat paint on many toys, but is a child going to chew on tire stems and battery terminals on their ATV or mini bike? This coming at a time when retailers nationwide are reeling from the economic downturn and many are suffering from store closings or outright bankruptcy.