Toy Makers Get Extra Year to Comply with Lead Testing

February 2, 2009

U.S. makers of toys and other children’s products will get an extra year to comply with certain lead and chemical testing rules.

Members of the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously Friday to hold off on a Feb. 10 deadline in which manufacturers were to sell only products that have been tested for lead and other harmful substances.

Last summer, lawmakers imposed the toughest lead standards in the world, banning lead beyond minute levels in products for children 12 or younger. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. Former President George W. Bush signed the measure in August.

The act came after millions of recalled toys and children’s items, many of which were from China.

Manufacturers will now have until Feb. 10, 2010, to comply with the testing requirements.

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