WASHINGTON – The Senate has passed legislation to toughen inspection of toys and other playthings made overseas. The move comes in response to record recalls of items that sickened children.
The 79-13 vote Thursday comes after four days of debate. The bill calls for a public database of consumer complaints. The Bush administration and other critics say that unfairly could taint manufacturers. But President Bush has not threatened a veto.
The legislation adds money and staff to the Consumer Products Safety Commission to help it certify that products made overseas are safe. It also bans lead in children's goods and sets new standards for safe toys.
The House's version has many differences, including a lower cap for jury awards.