Pokémon Toy Warning

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 11/05/1998 12:00AM

Zachary Jones, a 4-month-old Indiana boy, choked to death on a Burger King Pokémon ball on Tuesday, prompting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue its second nationwide alert in a month over the promotional toy. The container for one of the Poké Balls, a tennis ball-sized hollow red-and-white plastic toy that opens clamshell-style, became lodged over Zachary's mouth and nose. Late last year, millions of such balls were given away with Burger King children's meals. Their wrappings contained no warnings, and, in fact, described the toy as "safety tested and recommended for all ages." On Dec. 27, the fast-food chain issued a recall for millions of Poké Balls in the wake of the Dec. 11 suffocation death of a Sonora, Calif., girl who was found in her playpen with half a ball covering her nose and mouth.

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