WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed a far-reaching consumer safety bill that bans lead and other dangerous chemicals from toys and other products that could wind up in kids' mouths.
The bill also requires that many children's products be tested by third parties before they end up on store shelves.
Consumer groups praised the measure. It is a direct response to the recall last year of some 45 million toys and children's products, some contaminated by lead and many from China.
A Senate vote could send the measure to the president for his signature as early as this week.