Pheffer: Ban Yo-Yo Waterballs
Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, Chair of the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, recently attended a press conference with members of the Legislature to discuss their bill to ban Yo-Yo waterballs in New York State. Yo-Yo waterballs consist of a liquid-filled ball on an elastic cord with a small finger loop at the end that allows children to throw the ball, stretch the cord and bounce it back like a yo-yo. Since its emergence in 2003, consumer safety agencies around the world have received numerous complaints from parents reporting various injuries involving the toy, including strangulation, laceration and eye injuries. “The Yo-Yo waterball poses a serious risk to our children and we must make their safety a top priority and recognize this toy’s danger and ban its sale. I also hope that the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission heeds our request and bans the toy nationwide,” said Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer.
The Yo-Yo waterball has been banned in France, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Australia, Brazil, and Canada. The Assembly passed the legislation on February 13, 2006. Assemblywoman Pheffer is confident that the Senate will pass the bill before the end of session.