New Jersey State bans Yo-Yo Waterball
Both House and Senate of New Jersey
of the US have approved a bill banning sales of the toy marketed and sold
under the name of "Yo-Yo Waterball". According to the bill,
Yo-Yo Waterball and any similar fluid yo-yo toy that contains a rubber
ball filled with liquid attached to a rubber cord will be banned. Now
it needs only the Governor's signature to become law.
Yo-Yo Waterballs are banned in France,
the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Australia, Brazil, and Canada. Germany
and New Zealand have also issued a warning concerning Yo-Yo Waterballs.
Further, Illinois is the only state in the US with a similar ban.
The US CPSC has reported that Yo-Yo Waterballs pose a potential risk of
strangulation. In addition, it is also reported that as of 15 November,
2005, Yo-Yo Waterballs were responsible for 405 reported health incidents,
290 of which were coded as causing "suffocation or strangulation".
Of those 290 incidents, at least 52 resulted in serious breathing difficulties
that rendered the child unconscious and lifeless after suffering from
a lack of oxygen or broken blood vessels.
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