ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal agency issued a warning Wednesday about the risks associated with the "yo-yo water ball," but stopped short of banning the toy from stores.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there is "a low but potential risk" to children when playing with the toy, which features a rubbery, liquid-filled ball on an elastic cord.
The commission said it received 186 reports nationwide of children getting the toy's stretchy cord wrapped around their necks.
In April, New York's Consumer Protection Board asked for a federal ban on the toy. Some stores have voluntarily stopped selling the item.
Besides monitoring children playing with the toy, the commission advised cutting the cord off, or throwing the item away.