There has been some serious safety concerns over one of Fisher-Prices best-selling toys. Fisher-Price, however, is ignoring the growing demand for the recall of this, potentially, burning toy.
The toy in question is the Soothe & Glow Seahorse which is one of Amazons best-selling toys, listing it at number 7. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it has received 10 complaints and countless numbers of negative reports about the toy. Keli Rabon, a journalist with Call7, posted on the Denver Channel Facebook page about the risks of the toy self-igniting. Since that post over 1.5 million people viewed it, causing a sensation of awareness for parents to start checking out their children’s toys a little more closely.
Upon closer investigation, many parents found that the batteries were leaking and some said that the coils had already burned off. One consumer, Triana Burdick, says that the toy is a favorite in her home. So much so that both of her children have one. Her son had one going on four years now and her daughter received one as a gift three years ago. Burdick explains that it is the lights and the music that soothes the children at night. However, when Burdick went to change the batteries, what she found scared her dramatically. The toy felt hot and then she heard a kind of searing sound. Opening up the battery compartment, she saw that the coils were heating up fast and smoke was coming from the toy.
“It was melting the plastic inside,” Burdick said and quickly her mind started churning out the possible, frightening, outcomes. She started to “freak” out when she realized that it could have caught her daughter’s blanket on fire while she was sleeping. A little too much to handle for a parent. After her husband checked the Soothe & Glow Seahorse out and found that nothing seemed to be amiss with the installation of the batteries, they chalked it up to a random malfunction.
However, these types of complaints have been filing in since back in 2012, obviously proving that this was no random malfunction. Though the demand for the toys recall has gained momentum, Fisher-Price has still yet to acknowledge the toy has any flaw at all. The giant toy company did release a statement which basically defended its toy and passed blame to the AA batteries. Saying that sometimes the batteries could deplete quickly causing the compartment to warm up. Though it may be relevant to the parents, Fisher-Price stands by the fact that the issue lies strictly with the battery compartment and that the toy is safe.
Some consumers believe that the toy company is trying to get the problem fixed, in-house, and are not worried about the people who have already bought the item. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that it is up to the company to decide what is a “substantial hazard” to the consumers before asking for a recall. An obvious loophole leaving many to ask exactly what kind of tragedy has to occur before Fisher-Price takes action. With complaints only rising demanding a recall, Fisher-Price remains silent, ignoring the fact that their huge, big selling toy, the Soothe & Glow Seahorse, seems to be burning up.
Opinion by Derik L. Bradshaw