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Government Issues Warning on Use of Water Walking Balls

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning Thursday, urging consumers to stay away from water walking balls, a popular recreational activity that encapsules people into giant inflatable spheres and lets them tread over water.

The commission essentially called the balls a death trap, saying, "We do not know of a safe way to use this product."  They said a combination of health risks could result from the product, including suffocation, drowning and impact injuries.

The CPSC said it's aware of two incidents involving recreational activity -- one in which a child was found unresponsive after being inside the sphere for a brief time, and another in which a person suffered a fracture when the ball fell and hit the ground.

Several states have already banned or refused to provide permits for the water walking balls, and now the commission is pushing for a nationwide ban.

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