2005-10-07 / Community

Pheffer Wants Ban On Yo Yo Waterballs

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has sponsored a resolution calling upon the Consumer Protection Board to ban the sale of yo-yo waterballs in New York State.

The Consumer Protection Board has issued two warnings regarding the safety of the toy, reporting that the toy’s cord can wrap around a child’s neck and cause serious injury and even death.

The Board further reported that the waterballs may contain toxic materials and may be highly flammable.

Consumer Reports rated the toy as “not acceptable” in its December 2003 issue and issued a safety alert on the toy in October 2005. In addition, World Against Toys Causing Harm labeled the toy as one of the “10 Worst Toys” of 2003.

“These toys pose a serious, even fatal, hazard to our children. It is vital that the New York State Consumer Protection Board take a preventative role on this issue and ban these harmful toys in our state,” said Pheffer.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has rebuffed repeated requests to ban or recall these toys.

Yo-Yo Waterballs are however, banned in Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey, as well as France, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Australia, Brazil and Canada.

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