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Lead Law Ban Lifted for Children's ATV Sales

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TRI-CITIES, Wash-- The government just lifted a lead law banning the sales of children's ATVs, but not all bikes are back on showroom floors.

This new law was enforced just a few months ago it said that models made for children could no longer be sold because the lead levels are too high.

This meant many local motorcycle stores had to pull the ATV's off their floors and lose sales, but just recently the Consumer protection safety commission lifted the ban.

Still many of the manufacturers of these models are not letting retailers sell them. They say the lift is legally inadequate because it leaves the industry open to federal and state lawsuits.
KNDU talked to Tri-Cities Cycle Supply and they're waiting for manufacturers to give them the okay.

"It would be great, for everybody. It would be great for parents that can put their kids on the right size machine and of course the money that's been lost in machines sitting in a store room somewhere and losing value," said Heather Howell, Tri-Cities Cycle Supply.

ATV manufacturers say they don't want models on floors because the law set by Congress says the lead levels are too high. The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America says the only permanent solution to lifting the ban on this law is for Congress to take action and amend the law.