Bush signs bill to ban lead from children's toys

President George W. Bush signed consumer-safety legislation Thursday that bans lead from children's toys with the world's toughest standard on keeping the metal out of children's toys. The new law prohibits lead, beyond minute levels, in products for children 12 or younger. Lead paint was a major factor in the recall of 45 million toys and children's items last year, many from China. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates about 28,000 deaths are linked each year to unsafe products, including toys, in the United States. More than 33 million people were injured last year by consumer products. Both houses of Congress approved the bill by overwhelming margins two weeks ago.