Even after hoverboards were deemed unsafe by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more recalls are still occurring. Hoverboards first made their appearance back in 2015 and ever since have been causing harm to consumers. If you are not familiar with hoverboards, they are essentially motorized self-balancing scooters. They retail for approximately $500.00. Since 2015, there have been 250 incidents of hoverboards catching on fire. This has resulted in 13 burn injuries, three smoke inhalation injuries, two deaths and over $4 million in property damage. The issue with the hoverboards catching fire is due to the lithium-ion batteries that power the boards. The batteries tend to overheat and catch fire or explode.
This week, the CPSC has issued a recall on eight brands of hoverboards. The brand, LayZ Board is responsible for the most recent fire that destroyed one home and damaged four other homes last month. This brand is also responsible for a fatal home fire that killed two young girls back in March.
The other brands included in the most recent hoverboard recall are: Dollar Mania Sonic Smart Wheels, Tech Drift, Digital Products iLive, iHoverspeed, Four Star Imports Go Wheels, Drone Nerds and Salvage World.
If you own one of the above listed brands, immediately stop using the hoverboard and contact the store you purchased the product from for a refund, store credit or replacement unit which will depend on the brand.
For a full list of hoverboard recalls, visit the CPSC’s website here for more information.
Recovering compensation after an injury from a defective product
It is a manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure their products are safe for consumers. If someone is injured due to a defective product, a product liability claim may exist. A claim may be pursued to pay for damages caused by the defective product such as medical bills, missed time from work and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured by a defective product, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to review your rights. Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.
Source: engadget.com, “Safety commission recalls more hoverboards after another fire.”