Hoverboards, this holiday’s most sought after item, are now recognized as a hazard. Although maneuverability could be quite a challenge, resulting in 30 reports of hospitalizations because of head and body injuries, it has been recently discovered that hoverboards can be explosive.
On Thursday, Overstock.com became the first major retailer to ban sales of the product due to “safety concerns” relating to instances where the electronic scooters spontaneously burst into flames. Videos on the internet have surfaced of these type of explosions taking place. There was one occasion where an explosion led to a consumer’s house being burned down.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched 10 active fire-related hoverboard probes throughout nine states, stated spokesman Scott Wolfson in an article by the New York Post.
“That number increased from yesterday to today, and it could continue to increase,” Wolfson explained on Thursday.
The fires appear to derive from the hoverboard’s lithium-ion batteries, which had caused similar issues ten years ago with mobile phones and laptop computers. The CPSC were able to defuse the problem by administering safety procedures to prevent these accidents from occurring. Experts state that safety regulations for manufacturing these hoverboards are necessary, since they’re made by small companies in China under unknown conditions.
If you or a loved one has sustained severe injuries due to the hoverboard’s defects, we recommend to retain legal counsel from our Birmingham product liability attorney.
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