July 6 2016
Over Half a Million 'Hoverboards' Recalled Over Fire Danger
By: Rich Hosford
A popular gift this holiday season is being recalled due to a severe safety flaw.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 501,000 self-balancing scooters, popularly known as hoverboards. The reason for the recall is that the lithium-ion battery packs can overheat and catch on fire or explode. There have been at least 99 incidents reported of the battery packs overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding including reports of burn injuries and property damage.
The recall impacts products from 10 companies/manufacturers and the hoverboards were sold in a variety of stores, online and at kiosks from June 2015 through May 2016 for between $350 and $900. Click here to see all the brands impacted.
The commission says consumers should immediately stop using these recalled products and contact the recalling company to return their hoverboard for a full refund, a free repair or a free replacement depending on the model.