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ATTENTION: Bicycle Industry

Date: 6/29/09

CPSC is Targeting Lead Content in Bicycles

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- June 30, 2009 – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has finalized its decision to delay enforcement of new lead content limits in bicycles and related products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).  The CPSC will formally announce the decision to push back application of the new lead content provision for two years on certain component parts and materials pertaining to bicycles, jogger strollers, and bicycle trailers primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger.
 
In statements released with the announcement of the decision, the CPSC Chairman and Commissioner clarified that a two-year stay of enforcement is primarily intended to give the bicycle industry additional time to determine that a reduction in lead in certain component parts of children's bicycles will not compromise the structural or mechanical integrity of the bikes.  CPSC Chairman Thomas Moore reiterated that, as a result of the stay, all bicycles currently on the market can be sold and distributed, new bicycles can continue to be manufactured, and repairs to bikes can continue as usual.  In her comments, Commissioner Nancy Nord called on Congress to amend the CPSIA because these ‘time-outs’ only create more uncertainty.  Unfortunately, these stays are the only option the CPSC has at this point to try to bring common sense to the CPSIA's unintended and adverse consequences for both consumers and product sellers.  
 
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