The nation’s largest motorcycle helmet maker has a new helmet law.
The manufacturer says it has the first helmet in the United States that doesn’t require a license to ride.
But Harley-Davidson has said it won’t sell helmets to minors and will instead work with parents to develop their own policies for children.
Harley-Davidsons policy states that children under 14 may ride a motorcycle with a helmet, but only if they have a parent present.
That includes riding with a parent if the child has a helmet and is wearing a helmet that is appropriate for their age.
Parents can wear helmets with a child’s helmet or a child helmet that has been fitted for the child.
The law has been criticized as overly broad, and it’s unclear if parents will be required to purchase a helmet.
“We’re going to be making sure we make sure that the policy that we have is clear,” Harley-Aldi President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Waggoner said at a news conference Thursday.
“And that includes the safety of the child, and also the parents, the child’s friends, and the whole family.”
The law was drafted in response to the 2012 death of 13-year-old Andrew B. Fenton in the parking lot of his school.
He died after he was hit by a truck driven by a 14-year old.
“When you look at the number of people killed in traffic accidents and the number that have died, and when you look around the world, we’re going out of our way to make sure we’re protecting our children and our families,” Fenton’s mother, Kristy Fenton, told The Associated Press.
Fenton’s death spurred the state legislature to pass a law in January that mandates helmet use for children, even in traffic crashes.
It also gives parents more leeway to regulate their children’s use of helmets.
The bill passed the state House and Senate but died in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
It is expected to go to the full Senate for consideration later this month.
A bill introduced in March by Rep. David Vitter, R-La., would have allowed children younger than 14 to ride on their parents’ bikes, but he withdrew his bill last month.