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BPSA Seeks Input on Draft Lead Bill

Published June 1, 2011

MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association wants to hear from the industry on what changes it would like to see made to the problematic lead content law currently under revision in Washington.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to consider a draft bill in the next few weeks that’s designed to reform the Consumer Product Safety Information Act, a nearly three-year-old law that requires costly third-party testing of the lead content in children’s products, including bikes.

The BPSA is soliciting feedback on the various proposals to change the CPSIA so it can prioritize its requests when communicating with key Senate staff on behalf of the industry.

The draft bill, introduced last month by Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) suggests several proposals to alter the existing law that would impact the industry including extending the date for application of a 100 parts per million lead standard to August 2013 and lowering the age for the standard to products designed for children age 6 and under and items that can be placed in a child’s mouth. The age threshold is 12 in the current law.

The bill also creates an exception for used products donated to charitable institutions for resale.

Click on the link above to read the full text of the draft bill, and send input to Matt Moore at mmoore@qbp.com.

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