The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today proposed for public comment several clarifying amendments to the Federal bicycle regulations, originally issued by the Commission on July 16, 1974.
The Commission expects the final bicycle regulations will take effect within six to nine months, allowing 30 days for comment on the clarifying amendments, time for CPSC staff to analyze all comments and modify the regulations if necessary, and approximately 120 days lead time for the bicycle industry to retool and redesign.
In public meetings held between January and April of 1975, bicycle industry representatives and others asked CPSC for clarification of certain sections of the regulations. Included among the clarifications are sections on sharp edges and parts, protrusions, projections and excluded areas, control cable abrasion, reflectors and toe clips.
The bicycle industry and other interested individuals had the opportunity to comment on four major amendments on labeling, chain guards, handlebars and crank differential; published in a January, 1975, Federal Register notice.
The final regulations will take into account those comments, as well as any comments on the clarifying amendments published in today's Federal Register.
Copies of the Federal Register notice and the bicycle regulations may be obtained from the Commission's Office of the Secretary, 1750 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20207.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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