Injuries to ChildrenAre Child Light-Up Shoes Dangerous?

May 23, 2016by Aaron Allison

Photo of childEarlier this month, a couple in Katy, Texas opened the door to their SUV to find a hole in the floor, areas of the passenger seat melted and the smell of burnt plastic. After asking the local fire marshal to investigate, they discovered one of the batteries on their 2-year-old son’s light-up shoes was charred to a crisp. Fire officials believe the shoe may have sparked the fire. Luckily, no one was injured.

Light-up shoes are fairly popular among younger children. The lights turn on and off as the child jumps, skips or runs around, which makes them a neat accessory for children. However, this incident does raise the question of whether light-up shoes are really safe for children to wear.

Child Light-Up Shoes are a Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently claimed that hover boards, which are self-balancing and self-propelling scooters, pose an “unreasonable risk of fire.” There are at least 52 reported incidents where a hover board has ignited, causing roughly $2 million in property damage last holiday season. According to, the toys did not meet safety requirements and put the users at risk for injuries and death. The source of the problem was lithium-ion batteries. Can you guess what powers child light-up shoes?

While the batteries are not strong enough to electrocute children, the shoe may generate a spark if the wires fray. The fraying of wires typically occurs with friction and given the amount of time children spend running around, it is no surprise these wires frayed and ignited a fire. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries are known to be faulty after an extended period of time, but children are typically expected to outgrow the sneakers before the battery reaches that point. However, this is a bad assumption to make when the product can potentially cause injuries.

Under the doctrine of product liability, when products contain dangerous design defects such as faulty lithium-ion batteries, it is the responsibility of the companies involved in the creation and marketing of the products to recall them to prevent injuries. Some brands of faulty hover boards have been recalled, and Payless, the company that sells the light-up shoes, has recalled the line of sneakers that started the car fire in Texas.

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Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.