CPSC Recalls 500,000 Hoverboards due to Fire Hazards
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is in charge of regulating the sale and manufacture of thousands of different consumer products, called for the recall after numerous reports of fires being caused by the lithium-ion battery packs contained in the hoverboards.
The hoverboard recall affects eight manufacturers of the self-balancing scooters. More than half of the total numbers of recalled hoverboards are manufactured by Swagway, which produces the extremely popular Swagway X1 Hands-Free Smartboard brand of hoverboards.
Although Amazon.com is one of the largest online retailers selling hoverboards, they are not listed in the latest CPSC recall. However, Amazon.com has already stipulated that will provide full refunds to consumers who would like to return affected hoverboards that were purchased from the company’s website.
Hoverboards have been one of the most popular gifts during the holidays over the past two years, with many young children – and adults – excitedly unwrapping presents to reveal the self-balancing scooters. Unfortunately, the smiles of many of the recipients soon turned to frowns as they quickly found out that the hoverboards can pose serious safety risks. One of the biggest dangers of using a hoverboard is the possibility of a slip & fall accident that results in significant personal injuries.
However, what might be even worse than a slip and fall or trip and fall is the risk of a fire or explosion being caused by the lithium-ion batteries used in the hoverboards. When the battery packs overheat, they can easily catch fire and explode.
As the number of significant burn injuries has skyrocketed in conjunction with the increasing popularity and use of the hoverboard devices, the CPSC is asking consumers to take immediate action and return the products.
In fact, Elliot Kaye, the CPSC chairman, recently said that the federal consumer safety agency has “concluded pretty definitively that these are not safe products the way they were designed.” Kaye also noted that the hoverboards on the market “present a pretty significant fire hazard and continue to present a fall hazard.”
For more information, read the Yahoo.com article, “CPSC Recalling More Than 500,000 Hoverboards Because of Fire Hazards.”
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