Two Pa. fires lead to second CPSC warning about hoverbards

Two Pa. fires lead to second CPSC warning about hoverbards

Despite their problems, hoverboards are still popular for kids of all ages.

Seven hoverboard brands were recalled, and one brand was issued its first warning following reports of explosions and fire hazards. Hoverboards are two-wheeled, battery-powered scooters (without a handlebar) that have a pivoting platform intended for the rider's feet.

Along with the LayZ Board, the CPSC is also recalling products by the following brands: Dollar Mania Sonic Smart Wheels, Tech Drift, Digital Products iLive, iHoverspeed, Four Star Imports Go Wheels, Drone Nerds, and Salvage World.

A 2-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl died in a house fire in March that was sparked by a hoverboard in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The CPSC says that hoverboards' lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, causing the boards to catch fire or explode.

The CPSC has evidence that LayZ Board was the brand of hoverboard involved in the fire on October 23, 2017, in Manchester Township, Pennsylvania, which destroyed one townhome and damaged four others.

"CPSC is aware of more than 250 hoverboard incidents related to fires or overheating since 2015", the commission reports. "Consumers who choose to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery".

The consumer product safety commission says you should stop using them immediately and contact the company for return instructions for a refund.



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