Consumer product recall

Bazaar & Novelty (Winnipeg) recalls eHayes Flashing Octopus Yo Yo Balls

Starting date:
October 25, 2016
Posting date:
October 25, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Strangulation Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

eHayes Flashing Octopus Yo-Yo Ball

Product description

This recall involves colourful yo-yo balls made of soft plastic. The balls have a soft stretchy plastic octopus body with a stretchable plastic finger loop and cord.  The yo-yo balls are about the size of a tennis ball and are sold in various colours.  The body of the ball lights up with flashing lights when bounced on a surface.  They were sold with item number 16792.

Hazard identified

Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that these yo-yo balls do not meet the Canadian safety requirements for toys under Canadian law.

Yo-yo type balls and similar products are banned in Canada because they present a hidden risk of strangulation to children. Yo-yo balls with cords that can stretch to more than 500 mm (20 in) present a strangulation hazard because the very stretchy cord can become wrapped tightly around a child's neck, when swung overhead. This tight wrap, coupled with the stickiness of the plastic cord make it very difficult to remove. This may lead to injury or strangulation of the child.

Neither Health Canada nor the Bazaar & Novelty (Winnipeg) has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in Canada.

For some tips to help consumers choose safe toys and to help them keep children safe when they play with toys, see the General toy safety tips.

Number sold

Approximately 32 units of the recalled yo-yo balls were sold in Canada at Bazaar & Novelty in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold in Canada from February 2016 to October 2016.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Yiwu Naughty Plastic Novelty Ltd.

Yiwu, Jinhua




Hayes Specialties Corporation





Bazaar & Novelty




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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the recalled yoyo balls away from children, cut off the cord and dispose of it to remove the strangulation hazard risk.

For more information, consumers can contact Bazaar & Novelty (Winnipeg) toll free at 1-800-565-5555 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday to Friday (available in English only), via email or visit the Bazaar & Novelty (Winnipeg) website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.