Can’t sell snowmobiles or motorcycles – a kid might suck on a handlebar and die! (hat tip, Overlawyered.com)
[M]ore than $1 billion of inventory was pulled or in danger of being pulled from shelves, showrooms, display cases or racks for fear of stiff penalties — up to $100,000 in fines and five years in jail.
In Massachusetts, thrift stores stopped selling kids’ clothing. Around the country, some libraries considered pulling children’s books. In Minnesota, among the hardest hit were ATV and motorcycle dealers, who pulled thousands of vehicles from showrooms.
Among the items suddenly not available was the 100cc Kawasaki motorcycle that Jacqueline Riess needs to start training to defend her title this season, beginning in April.
“It’s almost unfathomable how far [the new law] reaches,” said Owen Riess, Jacqueline’s father. “She can’t believe that you think she could get lead poisoning from motorcycles. She thinks they’ve all gone crazy to think that they are going to eat their motorcycles.”
The ban also affects motorcycle parts, so even though Jacqueline will use last year’s motorcycle — an 85cc Suzuki — if it breaks down this year she will not be able to fix it.
“This is endangering my daughter and jeopardizing her season,” Riess said. “If I can’t replace a part that needs to be replaced for safety, then we’re done. The season’s over.”
Although libraries, manufacturers, dealerships, thrift stores, jewelers and others knew the changes were coming, there was hope the commission would grant exemptions for products obviously not meant to be ingested, such as books and motorcycles.
But a strict, near-zero-tolerance interpretation of the new law by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has parents, consumers, manufacturers and politicians angry and frustrated.