Hoverboard Recall: This recall involves self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as hoverboards. They have two wheels at either end of a platform and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs. These battery packs have a high risk of catching fire and causing serious burn injuries. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 99 incidents reports of the battery packs in self-balancing scooters/hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding including reports of burn injuries and property damage.
June 7, 2016 – 500,000 Hoverboards Recalled after Fires, Burns, according to FOX News.
July 6, 2016 – Half A Million ‘Hoverboards’ Recalled Over Risk Of Fire, Explosions, according to NPR.com.
July 6, 2016 – Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by 10 Firms Due to Fire Hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding. The CPSC warned hoverboard makers and retailers earlier this year that they had to follow newly-created safety requirements or face recalls. Many airlines, railroads and college campuses have already banned hoverboards, citing safety risks.
According to FOX News, the hoverboard recall was made by 10 companies ranging from Swagway LLC of South Bend, Indiana, to Keenford Ltd., based in Hong Kong. They were sold online and in major stores nationwide between June 2015 and May 2016. They can cost as much as $900. Owners should stop using the recalled hoverboards and return them for a full refund, free repair or a free replacement, the CPSC said. Of the companies named, Swagway had the most recalled hoverboards, at 267,000. The company’s $400 Swagway X1 also had the most reports of injuries, at 16. Others being recalled include 84,000 of Keenford’s iMoto hoverboards; 70,000 of Hoverboard LLC’s Powerboard and 28,000 of Razor USA’s Hovertrax.