Grab bars for DDR mini quads are AMA legal
Tarantula Performance Racing (TRP) says its youth ATV front bumper, rear grab bar, heel guard and nerf bar meet or exceed the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) lead limits for youth products. Also TPR’s Race Safe and Race Safer grab bars for all youth ATV DRR models meet AMA racing requirements.
TPR says it has obtained certificates of conformity from all of its raw material providers and its powder coat applicator for all products used in TPR’s manufacturing process. According to TPR, all materials used in its youth and adult ATV parts meet, or are far below, the 600 parts-per-million lead content restrictions enacted in February by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The CPSIA in February set new national lead limits on products intended for use by children 12 and under, including all youth ATV and dirt bike models and their parts.
“We wanted to make sure our products conformed to the new lead laws for the same reason we just introduced our Race Safe line of youth products,” says Brian Fredmonsky, chief engineer for TPR. “We want to make sure our riders are safe to enjoy and compete in our sport.
“We guarantee our products are safe for all youth riders and racers.”
Currently, the CPSC does not require aftermarket product manufacturers like TPR to conduct testing on their parts, but TPR does plan to back up its certificates of conformity with independent, third-party testing on all of its youth ATV products before the testing requirement is implemented in 2010 by the CPSC.
“They are not under an obligation to test, because we have given a one year exemption,” says Scott Wolfson, a spokesperson for the CPSC. “But they still have to meet the law. It would be a wise approach to have a level of assurance through testing that their product is below lead levels.” DRR ATV racers now have an AMA-legal rear grab bar option that also is compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act lead requirements.
According to TPR, the Race Safe and Race Safer grab bars meet the AMA racing requirement calling for the quad’s grab bar to extend beyond the end of the ATV’s exhaust silencer. According to the AMA rules, the discharge end of the exhaust pipe may not extend beyond the rear of the grab bar. The rear grab bars manufactured by TPR for the DRR quads extend a full inch beyond the exhaust tip and provide protection for the exhaust in the event of an end-over-end rollover. Racers preparing for the AMA sanctioned events this year can purchase AMA legal rear grab bars for their DRR race quads through DRR dealers and with TPR by calling 330-273-3456. The TPR grab bars bolt directly on to the DRR frame without any modifications.