I have been reading over at the cpsc today, the requests for exemption by various industries.
“WIMA notes that without such an exclusion, the annual manufacture, distribution and sale of five to seven billion pen products will come to a halt in this country.” — The last line of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association letter, petitioning because the balls in ball point pens contain lead and there is not any lead-free way to make them.
It’s like – oh, and P.S. – without this exclusion, forget about writing anything.
“Children do not eat their ATVs!” — Jim Boltz Cycle Barn Motorsports Group, petitioning because ATVs contain parts made with lead, there is no substitute, and it’s unlikely that anyone will be harmed from the lead contained in ATVs.
I mean, you’re probably waaaay more likely to die being thrown from or run over by an ATV than you are to be harmed from licking the lead components. And, really – how many children lick their ATVs? Clue: If your kid is not old enough to know better than to lick his ATV, he’s probably not old enough for an ATV.
I could be wrong, but the way I understand the current legal situation, it is currently illegal to sell new or used children’s bikes. Bicycles contain lead, and the bicycle industry has made it clear that there’s no way around that. The lead is needed for safety (strength in wheel spokes and in tire nipples). They contain lead in excess of the legal limits (at least in excess of the final limits).
The only way it’s not illegal is if the lead contained in the bikes is less than the 600ppm limit now in effect.