Hampshire Trading Standards

Elastic Jelly Yo-Yo Balls

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. A large print version is available.

Following incidents of near strangulation of children, the Department of Trade and Industry (now known as the Department for Business Innovation and Skills) banned the sale of elastic jelly style Yo Yo Balls in April 2003.

Due to the design and material of the toys, children were swinging them round their heads and the rubbery strings were winding tightly round their necks, presenting a potential strangulation hazard.

Following in-depth tests, and a paediatrician’s view that the toys were unsafe for children, the Secretary of State issued Prohibition Notices on 24 April 2003 under the Consumer Protection Act, against six known suppliers of Yo Yo Balls and signalled that action would be taken against any further supply by others.

Picture of jelly yo-yo balls


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B/saf/148/002 December 2010