The Skokie woman told Illinois lawmakers Wednesday that her five-year-old son nearly strangled last year when a "yo-yo water ball" became wrapped around his neck.
Democratic Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg is sponsoring a resolution asking the federal government to ban the toy. Although there have been no deaths, Schoenberg says children face a serious threat from the mushy, liquid-filled balls attached to a stretchy cord.
After testing out the toy themselves, members of a Senate health committee unanimously approved a resolution urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban it.
Lipin says several countries, along with some retail stores in the United States, already have banned their sale.