The Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Soother and Glow Sea Horse has been in the top 100 toys on Amazon for several months and has ranked as high as #7 on the Amazon Best Seller list for toys. There are currently 52 offers for this item, with the low price of $14.99 by Amazon.com. This product ranks #2 in the subcategory of toddler toys, #2 in pre-kindergarten toys, and #4 in baby and toddler toys with music and sound. The popularity of this toy may soon be affected by a recent report of the item catching on fire.
Not only does the item have 100 negative reviews (1 or 2 stars), but at least 10 complaints to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Parents have reported that the battery chamber heats up and the coils smoke when batteries were changed. This is terrifying for parents who have given the glowing sea horse to babies and toddlers as a lovey or a soothing toy. Babies often sleep with it. Some of the reviews on Amazon refer to this issue. One in particular states, "Does a house have to burn down before they recall this thing?"
The Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Soother and Glow Sea Horse is made in China, which is another concern. Products made in China are often made as quickly and cheaply as possible and may not undergo rigorous safety checks like in the USA. Fisher-Price has chosen not to issue a recall on this toy and has issued this statement:
"The Soothe & Glow Seahorse has been a hugely popular item since its introduction in 2008. We’ve received calls from a very small percentage of consumers who have experienced an issue with this product. We completely understand some consumers have concerns, which we’re taking seriously and working to address as effectively as possible.
We want to reassure everyone that the Seahorse is safe and we hope the following information will help put consumers’ minds at ease.
AA batteries have limited energy that depletes quickly. In the rare instance that a portion of the battery compartment is reported to have heated up, which we realize can be concerning to parents, it is brief and does not involve any other part of the toy beyond the battery compartment.
We value consumers’ trust and want to assure them that we would never do anything that compromises children’s safety.
If consumers have any questions regarding the Soothe & Glow Seahorse product or if they’ve experienced an issue, we encourage them to call our consumer services team at 888.253.4303888.253.4303, Mon. -Fri., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. We’re ready to listen and help." See the full story on the ABC affiliate in Denver - 7 News Denver.