The Only Danger left in New Jersey is Yo-Yos


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Friday December 14, 2007, 5:37 AM

Sales of stretchy toys called yo-yo waterballs would be banned in New Jersey under legislation approved Thursday.

The Assembly voted 71-7 to approve a bill banning sales of the toy, a liquid-filled rubber ball attached to a rubbery, sticky cord.

The Senate approved the bill in March, so it needs only Gov. Jon Corzine's signature to become law.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has found there is a potential risk of strangulation from the toy. It found the stretchy cord of the toy can wrap around a child's neck when the child swings the toy overhead like a lasso. From 2002 to 2006, the commission found 290 incidents in which the cord wrapped around a child's neck, including 16 in which someone lost consciousness.

The New Jersey ban came after Tina Schreffler, a South Jersey woman whose 4-year-old daughter was nearly strangled by one of the toys, lobbied legislators to pass it.

"Yo-Yo Waterballs are a commercialized death threat to our children," said Assemblyman David Mayer, D-Gloucester. "They are inherently dangerous and they should be banned."

The bill sponsors said the product is also banned in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

In 2003, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated up to 15 million yo-yo waterballs had been distributed in the United States at prices ranging from $1 to $5. Several large retailers, including Toys "R'' Us and Walgreens have stopped selling the toys.


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