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Fisher-Price Seahorse Lawsuit

Fisher-Price Seahorse Lawsuit

Dozens of parents have reported that within seconds of changing the battery on the Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse, the toy overheated, became red-hot, started smoking, melted plastic, and nearly caught on fire. Many parents are outraged that Fisher-Price has not issued a recall, despite incident reports dating back to at least November 2012.

What You Can Do & How a Fisher-Price Seahorse Fire Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by the Fisher-Price Seahorse, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is the Fisher-Price Seahorse?

The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse is one of the most popular products on Amazon.com, consistently ranking in the top 10 toys for infants. The adorable plush animal is meant to be placed in a child’s crib. When they cuddle the toy, its plastic belly lights up and it plays soft lullabies for 5 minutes. It has been on the market since 2008.

What is the problem?

The Fisher-Price Seahorse takes three AA batteries. When parents change the batteries, the coils can get red-hot within 30 seconds. This can potentially melt plastic, releasing toxic fumes, smoke, and battery acid. The product can cause severe burns and potentially catch on fire, with life-threatening risks to an infant and household. Click here to read more.

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Where is the Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse Recall?

Many parents are alarmed and outraged that Fisher-Price has not recalled the Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse, despite evidence of a defect that could severely injure or kill a baby.

Investigators with CALL7 found that the fire hazard only affects older models of Seahorses with three batteries, but new products with two batteries do not appear to have the same defect. Fisher-Price does not acknowledge any design changes and they do not plan to recall the toy.

Complaints About Fisher-Price Seahorse Fires

Fisher-Price and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) have received dozens of complaints about the Soothe & Glow Seahorse overheating within 30 seconds of changing the batteries for the first time. There are at least 10 complaints on the CPSC website and dozens of negative reviews on Amazon.com.

Incident reports date back to at least November 2012, when one parent complained:

“After new batteries were inserted as directed, the lead wire got red hot and melted the plastic. This is a fire hazard and could have seriously injured my child, who typically sleeps with it in his crib. Please take immediate action so no children are hurt!”

Amazon.com lists another complaint from November 2012, from a parent who said:

“I put new batteries in, and WITHOUT EVEN TURNING THE TOY BACK ON a coil behind one of the batteries started glowing and my kitchen was filled with smoke!! I immediately removed the batteries to see where the plastic all around the coil is blackened from being burnt, the coil is black and the toy is toasted.”

Instead of investigating the defect and issuing a recall, Fisher-Price offered a refund to customers who contacted the company. Many parents were outraged at the lack of action. According to one complaint filed with the CPSC in October 2013:

“Our nine month old daughter was at a safe distance and nobody was hurt, but if he hadn’t tested it before we turned it on for her in her crib at night like we usually do, there’s a high chance she would have been seriously hurt or killed and I just don’t want that to happen to anyone’s child. I thought Fisher Price was a brand we could trust!”

Other parents warned that the product overheats within seconds of placing a new battery in the toy:

“The product was NOT turned on, it was off. Once I placed the last battery in (it takes 3 AA), I smelled something burning and noticed right away, less than 10 seconds after putting the last battery in, that one of the coils to the battery compartment turned bright red and started smoking.”

Do I have a Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by the Fisher-Price Seahorse, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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