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CPSC issues dangerous product warning for hoverboards


It is always possible that a new and hot item will eventually be deemed a dangerous product. In Florida and across the U.S., hoverboards are a common sight for people of all ages. These scooters are popular because they are self-balancing and a seemingly innocuous way to get around and have some fun. However, injuries with these products are prevalent and they stem from more than just their users falling from the hoverboard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has declared that hoverboards are unsafe and is seeking certification as to their safety before more of them can be sold.

According to the CPSC, there were a vast number of incidents in which the hoverboards caught fire and burned. In the time frame of December 1, 2015 to February 17, 2016, there were reports from people in 24 different states that 52 of these products caught fire. As a result, there was more than $2 million in damage to property. That includes two homes and one automobile. The CPSC believes that complying with safety standards would have prevented these problems from occurring.

If the CPSC sees these products being imported, they are putting forth the idea that the importer will be detained and the hoverboards seized. If they are found in the U.S., a recall is possible. While riding a hoverboard carries with it a certain amount of risk similar to any activity such as riding a bicycle, skateboarding or rollerblading, the hoverboard catching fire is not something that a reasonable user or, if the person is underage, a guardian would expect. With a fire, there can be serious injury, long-term damage and even fatality.

Those who have experienced consumer injury due to hoverboards need to know that governing agencies are expressing concern about them. Considering the costs and ancillary issues that can arise after an incident on a hoverboard, those who have been affected need to be aware of their rights to pursue compensation through a products liability lawsuit.

Source: techrunch.com, "U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten," John Biggs, Feb. 19, 2016

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