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Light-Up Shoes Cause Family Car To Go Up In Flames

A toddler in Texas got comfortable in the back seat, while putting his feet up. He had no idea what he was doing until after it was too late. Now, his mother has a warning to share.

When Attila Virag and his wife Jovan were taking their 2 1/2-year-old home to Katy, Texas they smelled something strange from the backseat. They inspected it and noticed a hole on the floor near where their little boy sat. Soon, the front passenger seat was melted and the smell of burning plastic was overwhelming. In addition, black smoke filled the air.

Harris County Fire Marshals couldn't immediately tell why the car combusted spontaneously. They pored through the charred remains and only found some clothes and the boy's pair of shoes. The boy had removed his Jake and the Neverland Pirates light-up shoes to get comfortable and left them in the car. His parents and investigators now believe the shoes are what started the fire.

Half of one of the shoes was burned away. All that remained were some sizzling wires and a scorched lithium battery. The family bought the $25 pair of shoes from Payless. Attila said, “I don’t know there’s a battery in there that could be flammable if it’s shorted." The Virags are now warning other parents of the dangers of light-up shoes.

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