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Yo-yo water balls

Yo-yo water ball

Yo-yo water balls (and similar products) are toys that are intended be thrown and returned to the hand. They usually have a loop on one end of an elastic cord to wear around the finger and a soft synthetic object on the other end. 

The object which is attached to the elastic cord may be filled with liquid, air or a novelty item such as a flashing light and/or it may resemble a cartoon animal.

Yo-yo water balls are unsafe as the cord can cause strangulation. The liquid filled centre may also cause illness and skin reactions.

Because of these risks, yo-yo balls (and similar products) have been permanently banned from supply.

However, the ban only applies to these sorts of toys which have an elastic cord capable of extending at least 500mm in length. Be aware that although the cord may initially appear much shorter than this, it may reach or even exceed this length when its stretched. Also, the ban does not apply to outdoor and sporting toys. For example, a ball which is used to practice tennis whose elastic tension cord is intended to be anchored.



A permanent ban on yo-yo water balls was declared on 1 February 2011. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with the ban.


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Injury case studies

Date commenced: 10th February 2010
Yo-yo water balls have a cord that exposes children to a risk of strangulation.


  •  290 incidents of a yo-yo water ball cord wrapped around a child’s neck or head were reported in the USA from Dec 2002 to Oct 2006
  • 16 of these incidents resulted in a child losing consciousness

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