February 28, 2014 — Dozens of parents are calling for the Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse to be recalled after discovering that it can get dangerously hot, melt plastic, smoke, and potentially catch on fire within 30 seconds of changing the batteries.
The defect is extremely concerning because the Soothe & Glow Seahorse is meant to be placed in a child’s bed while they are sleeping unattended.
Since the Soothe & Glow Seahorse hit the market in 2008, it has been associated with dozens of complaints on Amazon.com and at least 10 complaints to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). According to one alarmed parent:
“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!”
Investigators with ABC News 7 in Denver discovered that Fisher-Price may have quietly fixed the problem without issuing a recall. The fire hazard is associated with toys that have a three-battery design, but toys with a two-battery design do not appear to have the same defect.
Fisher-Price did not acknowledge any design modifications and said they do not plan to recall the toy.
Reporters also interviewed Triana Burdick, a mother of two. When she changed the batteries on the the Sooth & Glow Seahorse for the first time, it got very hot, made a sizzling noise, and started smoking. She said:
“It was melting the plastic on the inside. The first thought that went through my head was like, ‘Oh, my God, it could have caught fire. It could have caught a blanket in her bed on fire.’ I freaked out right away.”
Here is a YouTube video demonstrating the problem:
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