Lead rally draws 200


Too much lead?

A rally in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday attracted 200 people, U.S. motorcycle dealers, Motorcycle Industry Council execs, AMA members and several U.S. legislators, who called for an exemption to the new lead-law.

The law bans the sale of small motorcycles and ATVs in the U.S. because they contain lead.

But lawmakers asked the U.S. Congress to get the lead out and release dealers and manufacturers from the lead ban so they can sell millions of dollars worth of bikes and ATVs that are, currently, worthless.

But several bills have been introduced to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, so that some products — those deemed safe to handle, at least in regard to their lead content — could be sold.

This might not be good news for Canadian buyers, who stand a chance of obtaining cheap kids’ bikes when American dealers dump them in the Niagara River so they can float over to Canadian dealers — that is, if the lead doesn’t sink them.

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