A proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court accuses Skechers USA, Inc. of selling defective light-up sneakers that have burned children after the batteries short circuited.
Echoing the claims of a previous lawsuit out of New York last year, the case alleges Skechers distributed footwear “with a number of substandard design and manufacturing defects that have caused a serious safety hazard.” According to the suit, affected sneakers include, but are not limited to, Skechers’ Energy Lights shoes, S Light shoes, Twinkle Toes and Shopkins shoes.
The complaint alleges that the light-up sneakers’ electrical systems are not adequately protected against sharp objects and moisture intrusion. Should sweat or water come into contact with the shoes’ batteries, they “could generate heat, fire, or [the] release of electrolyte vapors,” according to the suit.
Behind the case is a woman who bought her six-year-old son a pair of Energy Lights shoes from an Illinois retailer. The suit says the plaintiff’s son complained that his feet were burning and that the sneakers became so hot that they caused a blister on the back of his foot. From the complaint:
“Following Plaintiff’s purchase, the Lighted Shoes failed as a result of the Defect, causing persistent personal injuries, including swelling, burning, blistering and pain. Following these injuries, Plaintiff contacted Skechers to no avail, as she was merely instructed to return the defective Lighted Shoes to the retailer where the shoes were purchased.”
The complaint says that the retailer won’t take back the shoes since they were worn, leaving the plaintiff with no solution.
Despite being notified about chemical burns supposedly caused by the shoes, the case continues, Skechers has failed to pull the footwear from the market or provide any effective remedy. Further, the suit charges that Skechers is a “sophisticated company” that knew or should have known of the alleged defect yet continued to misrepresent that the shoes were safe to wear.