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New Federal Law Bans ATV's For Children

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TRI-CITIES, Wash-- A new federal law bans ATV's and dirt bikes for children and requires dealers to pull them from their stores or risk fines.

This new law prevents the sale of products for children ages 12 and under that contain lead over specified limits. Now that list of items includes ATV's and dirt bikes.

They say the lead is mainly found in the battery.

At the Full Throttle Motorcycle store off of 395 people of all ages are starting to come in and get new gear for their bikes, but Monday many who ride as a family are frustrated.

"There shouldn't be somebody telling me what I can do with my kid because he is on a dirt bike there's no difference between a dirt bike and a car," said Vinney Saldana, whose three sons ride ATV's.

The law won't be enforced for a year but dealers can no longer legally sell off-road vehicles designed for children 12 and under.

"It's going to affect the industry quite a bit because it's a family outing, going out to the dunes and riding on the quads, the dirt bikes and it's kind of silly. The point is where common sense comes into play. The batteries are located underneath the seat so kids can't get at them," said Charles Riley, Owner of Full Throttle Motorcycle Store in Kennewick.

This could really impact motorcycle dealers in the Tri-Cities. There are estimates that this could affect 100 million dollars worth of inventory nationwide. It also poses the risk of children riding bikes that are too big for them.

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