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Comment Period Extended on Petition for Lead Limit Exemption for Children’s Pedal Tractors

Friday, January 06, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reopened until Feb. 6 the period for public comments on a petition requesting an exception from the 100 parts per million lead content limit for children’s products for die-cast ride-on pedal tractors scaled for children ages 3–10. The components of these tractors are made of aluminum metal die castings, which the petitioner states are the best alloy of choice based on weight, cost, structural properties, surface finish and coatings, corrosion resistance, and bearing properties and wear resistance. The petitioner has asserted that while it is able to meet the lead content limit of 300 ppm for its pedal tractor components, it is unable to consistently meet the 100 ppm limit due to alloys used in the aluminum die-cast process.

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