Lead law concerning youth motorbikes and ATV's put on hold

The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission has decided to delay enforcement of an anti-lead law when it comes to ATVs and dirt bikes for children, although it's not clear if she has the final word.

In a statement, acting chair Nancy Nord said she was directing agency staff to postpone enforcement of the law for 12 months for youth motorbikes.

The industry asked for an exemption. The law has kept motorcycle shops nationwide from selling ATVs and dirt bikes for children.

But the agency's other commissioner, Thomas H. Moore, says the votes of both commissioners are needed to stay enforcement. Moore says he hasn't decided.

Moore also chided Nord for releasing her vote on the ATV issue before the voting period ends next week.